2017 – Reach for the sky (the stars are too far away)

1400513_10152016386043478_2032579305_oFor reasons I’ll not go into here, I found 2016 to be a very challenging year. This had an impact on nearly every part of my life, not least my writing.

In 2015, I was consistently writing over 1,000 words a day, winning awards & contests, and churning out a large number of novels, novellas and short stories on Amazon. In 2016, I was lucky sometimes if I was writing one word a day, hardly even entered a contest let alone win one, and watched my poor (self)neglected works gather virtual dust on Amazon’s virtual shelves.

Here now on the penultimate day of 2016, I say “enough” (or, more accurately, “not nearly enough“).

2017 will be different.

Different from 2016, most definitely, but also different from 2015 and the years before.

In 2017, my focus is on quality over quantity. I’ve proven to myself, and a fairly respectable number of loyal readers, that I can write. Now I want to prove to myself that I have the discipline and commitment to write things with much more depth and attention to detail than I have ever done in the past.

Though I’m shying away from 2015’s “half a million words” target (which I surpassed, even though a large percentage of them were “the“, “and” and “a”), I’m still setting the bar high.

2017’s goals therefore look like this:

  • Plot, draft, edit and publish two full-length novels
  • Write one short story every month
  • Enter every relevant writing contest I come across
  • Actively seek publication from a traditional publisher and/or literary agent

And who knows, I may even resurrect Fairytale Hit Squad (Tony, I know you’ve been gagging on it…)

So farewell and to a large degree good riddance to 2016.

And as for 2017? Well, let’s just say …

Coming soon: Pointy Eared Bitch.

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