Thursday, 6 January 2011

How's it going?

Did you plan what you wanted to achieve this year? If so, have you made a start yet? Doesn't matter if you haven't, because it's only Twelth Night, so Christmas hasn't quite finished yet and these last few days have just been a practice run for the New Year.

I'm not doing too badly - I've sent off a couple of submissions to magazines, written a new story and edited another, plus entered three competitions. I just need to keep up the good work. This competition might help. We're asked to explain in no more than 100 words, what we wish to achieve writing wise this year. The prize is a personalised coaching session by e-mail.

Even if you don't fancy entering the competition, I urge you to write out your writing goals for the year. Do it in your nicest writing, or pick an attractive font to print it in and keep it somewhere you'll see it frequently - such as glued onto the biscuit tin.

Update. Competition now closed - I just got my entry in on time.


  1. I actually and very seriously got a lovely biscuit tin (with mini choccie biscuits in them )for christmas!!!

    I have the tin - now all I need is to choose a nice font!!!!

    p.s. well done you with your submissions and writing!!!

    Take care

  2. I was given a lovely biscuit tin, too (probably what made me think of sticking the note there) Mine had shortbread inside and has a picture of frosted teazle's on the front.

  3. well done, Patsy -taht's a lot of work for 7th of JAnuary (or 6th as it probably still is over there in the Frozenland :)

    I've actually started actioning my NY resolution before x-mas, been running and swimming and (sigh) dieting. And writing, of course :)

  4. I'm finally getting my plans in order. But I think I'll avoid the biscuit tin and put them elsewhere as I might over indulge in the biscuits inside...
    Well done on your productivity so far.

  5. Thanks for the competition info.
    Any idea what the closing date is? - I couldn't see one when I clicked through on the link.

  6. It's not frozenland at the moment, Scribs - more soggyland!

    On the celery jar, Carol?

    Sorry, Sally I don't know. Best get your entry in quick (and I'd best get and take my own advice)

  7. Made me laugh out loud. (I'm too uptight to write lol). My new year's resolutions are similar to yours, although I'm lucky enough to be doing my MA this year as well, which distracts from the comps a bit. I'm writing specifically for particular comps this time and trying to chase the big money. I doubt it'll get me anywhere, but hopefully, I should get plenty of new material and lots of writing practise.

    That's the theory anyway. Now, where's that biscuit tin...

  8. All good positive stuff, Patsy. Can't help thinking though, that if you're gonna put a copy of your goals on the biscuit tin, then it might be good idea to put a copy on the bathroom scales, too.

  9. Happy New Year, Patsy.

    Yep, things are going ok fer me, and I'm tinkering with a couple of little projects...

  10. This is what I carry around with me, and I intend to use it to the max this year:

    Faith is believing the incredible
    Seeing the invisible
    Achieving the impossible.

    Don't know 'bout you, but I'm seeing all my books in Waterstones!

  11. Your plan with the competitions sounds good to me, Petra.

    Mr V, how'd that help? I never look at those!

    Glad to hear it, JJ.

    That's it, Alison - think positive!


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