Wednesday, 6 January 2016

The year ahead.

It's IWSG time again. The new year is a time for optimism though, so I'm doing my best to look forward to all the things I'd like to achieve in 2016, rather than worry about what might go wrong.

Last year was my best ever for short story sales. I'd like to do even better this year. That means I'll need to write and send out a lot of work, so that's mainly where I'll be concentrating my time and effort.

I'd also like to write more articles. Don't know why but I'm far more nervous of pitching them than I am with subbing fiction. Several writing friends have offered suggestions and encouragement though, which might well spur me into action.

Then there's the bigger, long term project. Firestarter was the last one. I have a few things I could work on, but am yet to decide which to tackle first.

What are your writing plans for the year ahead?

34 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Patsy - well done ... and here's to an even better 2016 for you and your projects .. cheers Hilary

Nicola said...

Happy New Year, Patsy. You have achieved so much and are a great inspiration. Wishing you continued success throughout the year. I'm sure your articles will be great and we'd love to read them, so getting sending and knocking down those doors. They will answer and let you in - I've no doubt in my mind. Can't wait to hear of your upcoming successes.

Tara Tyler R said...

yay for setting new year goals! good to hear you were successful with the short stories. and good luck with the articles, I feel the same way about wanting to write and submit them, hard to be judged or write to other's specifications. here's to a successful 2016!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's awesome your short stories did so well. Keep writing!

Beatrice Charles said...

Well done on last year's successes. Now seize the day (or the editors' ears) and pitch those articles. Good luck for the year ahead.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

All the best with your goals for this year, Patsy - I still need to actually write mine down!

cleemckenzie said...

Setting priorities in writing is the hardest part for me at times. I love it when I'm clear that one story deserves my attention and not others.

oscar case said...

Hope for a better year in 2016.

L.G. Keltner said...

Congratulations on doing so well with the short stories!

Maggie May said...

Well done and I hope 2016 is just as successful. I hope to do more writing and drawing, and include both in my new blog.

Susan A Eames said...

Congratulations on your story successes in 2015 - and best of luck for 2016. I had a disjointed year in 2015 writing-wise, but I'm going to concentrate on my Fiji book idea this year - with a bit of short story writing thrown into the mix.

Chrys Fey said...

Good luck with your short stories and articles, Patsy! :)

Maria said...

You did brilliantly! And 2016 will be better still - I think you'll be great at writing articles. Go, girl go!
My goals are over on my blog.

Christine Rains said...

Congratulations! I get nervous when submitting nonfiction too. I wonder why that is. Here's to a fantastic 2016 for all of us. :)

Linda G. said...

Congrats on your great year with short stories! May 2016 bring you even more success. :)

Anonymous said...

Best wishes with your 2016 writing, Patsy. I think pitching an article is more nerve-wracking than subbing fiction because with fiction you are sending the finished article and the editor can take it or leave it. But with an article, you are initially pitching only an idea, if it's accepted you then have to write it - and hope that you have enough material, enough interviewees and that the finished article will live up to the initial pitch. Much more nerve-wracking than fiction I think, too.

Patsy said...

Thanks, Hilary.

Patsy said...

I'm appointing you my head of positivity, Nicola!

Patsy said...

Thanks, Tara. Glad it's not just me.

Patsy said...

Thanks, Alex - I will.

Patsy said...

Yes, Ma'am, I will ... eventually.

Patsy said...

I kept mine simple this year, Rosemary. Very simple.

Patsy said...

Yes, it can be tricky knowing what to do first/next.

Patsy said...

Thanks, Oscar - you too.

Patsy said...

Thank you!

Patsy said...

Good luck with both of those plans, Maggie.

Patsy said...

Thanks, Susan. Good luck with your plans.

Patsy said...

Thank you, Chrys.

Patsy said...

Thaks, Maria.

Will check out yours so I can nag.

Patsy said...

Thanks, Christine - glad to know I'm not the only one.

Patsy said...

Thanks, Linda - and to you too.

Patsy said...

That could be it, Sally - with fiction we've already done our best but with non fiction there are more seps to get through.

Wendy's Writing said...

Like you suggest, I think it's great to have a selection of different goals e.g. shorter and longer term projects. Food luck with your writing this year.

Michelle Wallace said...

Hi Patsy!
Congrats on the 2015 achievements.
Good luck with the writing and subbing of articles...and your longer project too!