The year began with a coherent plan, then life dropped large boulders across my path. I had an alternative route- it wasn’t ideal, but better than nothing.
There was time spent in the garden getting fresh air and exercise: early in the year I dug up the rhubarb crowns, split them and replanted the best four pieces.
I’ll find out whether the effort was worth it in Spring 2023, when I pick a few stems.
Apart from a few failures because of the extreme heat, my fruit and vegetable growing went well, especially the tomatoes.
But, writing was hard. Those life events ( boulders) made creativity a struggle.
I succeeded in getting my partial submission into the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme by the end of the July deadline.
But, it was an alternative novel, an early first draft of a future project (a plot still under construction in my mind, and characters I’ve not got to know well enough, and research remaining to be done).
Most of my trips away from home have been get-togethers with other romance writers in Nottingham, and Leicester. The support and encouragement of other writers is crucial. So, a big thank you to the Nottingham Story Weavers, and the Belmont Belles and Beaux (the Leicester RNA Chapter).
There were a couple of weekends away to Yorkshire/Lancashire to see family. Plus potential photo opportunities. A change of scenery is always good.
Early December, I missed all the Christmas parties due to train strikes, and then Covid- it left me tired, so I’ve spent the Christmas holidays resting, and reading numerous books on my Kindle.
Aims for 2023…
I’ll be working to complete the (current) draft of my contemporary romance novel in 2023. I know where the story is going, and what needs doing.
Meanwhile, I’ve dug out my mix of short stories from back-up discs and memory sticks. I’ll rewrite some, while others need editing. They’re a, as and when, side project for 2023.
I’d like to write some 450 word stories, but that’s a random time item.
I have plenty to keep me busy without adding more.
The major change for the coming year, I’m not continuing in the RNA New Writers’ Scheme.
I’ve learnt a lot, and I’m grateful to those readers who’ve read my manuscripts, and given me valuable advice and important insights to help me improve my writing.
Being flexible is my key phrase for 2023.
I’m also going to resume noting my word count- as I used to do. Seeing the total increasing or remaining static is helpful and can act as a spur when needed.