Time for the 2022 Review…

So far…

2022 has been a mixed year for me.

A sky like my 2022…

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.

Next Year’s Rhubarb…

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.

In the park…

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.

Changes…

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.

The plan…

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.

That’s my writing resolutions for 2023.

Happy New Year…

An autumn update…

I’ve been busy, concentrating on my contemporary romance novel…

During the summer I was…

Working hard.

I’ve been concentrating on the middle of my contemporary romance novel this year.

My partial manuscript submission went into the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers’ Scheme on the 31st August- with 45 minutes to spare before the deadline. It would have been in an hour earlier, but I experienced that moment all writers dread, the document had corrupted and couldn’t be opened

Adrenaline rushed around my bloodstream as disaster unfolded before my eyes.

Fortunately, I remembered I’d saved another copy in an alternative format. When it opened, I cheered, until I looked at the time I had left to submit.

I wasn’t glued to my desk all summer. I worked in the afternoon after taking a couple of hours out in the sunshine growing vegetables and flowers in the part of the garden we redesigned earlier this year.

Coming up…

There’s going to be a couple of changes to the website.

I’m adding a non-fiction page- more about that in a future post- and a slight redesign- before I return to the novel.

I also have a research reading list to begin working through for the follow-up book to the current one I’m writing.

This month face-to-face meetings at Nottingham Writers’ Club resume, so my free days are filling up once more. But, it will be good to reconnect with familiar faces.

It’s also time to put my next newsletter together ready to go out early October. If you’d like to sign up to receive it, there’s a pop-up form you can fill in to join my newsletter list…

It’s going to be a busy autumn.

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