3 January 2015

Hello Twenty Fifteen

Happy Belated New Year! The last few weeks have been a little hectic what with Christmas, turning 23, my sister getting engaged(!) and saying goodbye to 2014 with friends, wine, Mario Kart and a rather lovely brie. 

As I write this, that puppy in the top left is sat on my shoulder occasionally biting my ear. Do not be fooled. She is not as innocent as she looks.

I’ve spent way too much time on trains and way too little time writing, but the holiday rush is over now and I’m determined to go into the new year with a strong idea of what I want to achieve by this time next year. Thought I’d throw up a quick post about what I’m aiming for, so that I can be held a little liable for it!

First off; the Literary Pancakes blog. I'm fairly pleased with the momentum I’ve kept up throughout the second half of 2014, managing a couple or more posts per month. Whilst I don’t want to tie myself down to a schedule for the coming year, I definitely want to be aiming for a little more content. Something I’d really like to do is include guest posts by other writers, so if anyone out there would be interested please get in touch!

I’ve stepped a little out of my comfort zone and begun posting snippets of my own fiction, something that I was (and still am, to an extent) terrified of doing. Whether they’re any good I don’t know, as a good handful of them were written off-the-cuff as part of different writing challenges. I want to seek out more of these this year and keep that up, because it’s really made a difference to my attitude towards sharing my work.

My biggest achievement of 2014 has definitely been winning this year’s NaNoWriMo, writing 50,000 words of a novel I’m actually still excited about working on. Having never written more than 10k of a single story before, for various reasons and excuses I won’t go into, I was both surprised and thrilled to have hit this goal. Spurred on by a community of other writers attempting the same fete, I hit the target with two days to spare and now have a complete piece to work on and bring up to scratch this year. By the end of 2015 I want to have edited, beta-tested, edited, re-read, and edited again. I would really for this to be a story I can put out there, via traditional or self-publishing (I’m yet undecided). I’m proud of the characters and the plot, and for the first time in my life am actually looking forward to letting people read it. Progress, right?

I hope that 2014 was a successful and enjoyable year for you all, and if not, we’ve got a fresh start. Happy New Year 2015!

Love, Becki

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