Monday 18 December 2017

Merry Christmas!

With Christmas fast approaching I want to wish you all a happy, peaceful time and may the new year bring you all you hope for. 

Thank you for your online friendships and frequent words of wisdom and encouragement. Being a writer can be both a hugely rewarding and gut-wrenching experience! The highs and lows of which often threaten to break you! But I really can't imagine my life without writing in it. Writers are truly some of the kindest and most insightful people I know. I look forward to continuing our journeys in 2018.

Have fun , relax with family, friends and loved ones. Remember the important things of love, forgiveness and compassion and spare a thought for those for whom Christmas isn't always an easy time. 

With very best wishes,

Wednesday 6 December 2017

IWSG - Degrees of failure

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Thanks as ever to Alex J. Cavanaugh

IWSG Day Question: As you look back on 2017, with all its successes and failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?

Somehow we have found ourselves at the last IWSG posting of 2017. Like most of us I have been reflecting on the past year's writing achievements, disappointments and frustrations. I went back and read last December's post, hoping that would help me focus and see how far I've come with my writing this year.  Sadly, it just made me feel more of a failure *sigh.*

I don't feel I've moved forward all that much, I've been working on my WIP, reworking an old one and sending it out on submission as well as continuing to sub another manuscript. Despite some positive feedback and interest from a couple of agents, to date it hasn't gone any further.

I had hoped to finish the first draft of my current WIP by December so that I could begin editing and re-writes in the new year . . . well, guess what? I failed with a capital F! Various life issues got in the way and I've been feeling a bit run down, writing just had to take a back seat.  I am hoping that I can press on with it though . . . it will get finished!

If I could do anything differently it might be to have focused more on my WIP over the summer instead of getting side-tracked with reworking an old story. However, if I'd done that then that old manuscript wouldn't be in such good shape. I guess you just have to go with what feels right at the time. 

Trouble is, another year has slipped by and I feel like I'm trying to run up a slippery slope. 

Could 2018 be the year I finally start to make a career with my writing.? I hope so. I'll keep on working, writing and believing.