I hope everyone had a fantastic New Year. I survived a crowded pub in North West London and a night of cider, champagne, absinthe, an evil paparazzi*, dancing bar staff, terrible europop and a curry explosion at 4am**
Now the headache has finally cleared I can start thinking about 2008 and what I want to achieve writing-wise and personal-wise (is that even a word?) so here we go...
Writing Resolutions for 2008
1. To complete the first draft of novel #2 (current acronym TPDA) by the end of June. I wrote novel #1 in 3 months and 3 weeks and it damned near killed me (very few nights off writing = no social life). This time I aim to write novel #2 quickly but not as though I have a gun to my head. Six months sounds like a reasonable amount of time, particularly as novel #2 will be written from the POV of three characters (whereas novel #1 was written just from one character's POV) and will probably be a little more complicated.
2. To complete the edit of novel #2 by the end of the year.
3. To sign with an agent and get a two book publishing deal (is that a resolution or a dream? Either way, it's something I'm aiming for in 2008)
4. To write short stories when the mood takes me and not because I feel I have to churn them out. I want writing short stories to be fun again, rather than a bit of a slog.
5. To only send short stories out to paying markets (or publications for charity) and be more selective about the competitions I enter.
Personal Resolutions 2008
1. The downside of doing so much writing in 2007 is that I spent most of my time glued to a chair and, as a result, the tape measure tells me I have developed 'writer's bum'. I need to sign up to the gym again and get running again to lose a few pounds.
2. To re-learn how to relax. This kind of ties in with point #1. In 2006 I discovered the joys (?) of pounding a treadmill. A half hour run three times a week (accompanied by angry rock on my mp3 player) really, really helped my stress levels (as well as slimming my bum). Last year I stopped going to the gym and, funnily enough, my stress levels went up (and not just because I was wasting money on a gym I didn't go to!). I also need to turn the TV off more and listen to music and read. Reading is much more relaxing than TV.
3. To take the time for non-writing related hobbies. Writing used to be my hobby - something I did for fun - and then I decided I wanted to get my short stories published and then I wrote a novel (and obviously wanted that to get published) and suddenly more was at stake and writing wasn't just for fun anymore. I enjoy art, craft, painting and knitting and find them really relaxing but I don't spend nearly enough time doing them.
4. To move to London. People who know me will know I've been saying this for a few years but yes 2008 will be the year I move back to London. It will!
5. To make more time for my friends. Writing is a solitary profession and everyone needs a break now and then!
So that's that - I've set my resolutions in stone, well, posted on the 'net, so no going back now.
In other news the beginning of novel #2 came to me on the train home today and I scribbled down a hundred words or so into my notebook. Time to set up the the new wordcounter me thinks! :o)
* only evil because he was the one proffering the absinthe and a strong East European drink called Unicum! He was actually a very funny man.
** Not as gross as it sounds fortunately.