I know, I'm sorry, I used the C-word. But it will be upon us two months from now. Which means that we have just one-sixth of the year left in which to achieve our writing ambitions for 2008. Some of us have done amazingly well already – off the top of my head, Kate has had her fifth novel published, Lucy has had her second novel published, Clare's agent has sold her second book to Germany, Caroline's first book has been translated into Italian and her second published in English, Liane's first book has been published, Fiona's petsitting book has been published, Cally has found an agent, Flowerpot, Clare and Graeme have finished first drafts, Mel and Paige have finished rewrites, and I'm sure there's lots of other good news around so please don't be cross if I've left yours out.
Others have done less well. For example, me. Words written on the WIP in 2008: 0. Back in January, I was intending to finish the first draft of Novel Two this year. However, I've been struggling with re-drafting Novel One (and you all know about the critique saga so I won't bore you with that again) and as a result Novel Two has been lying dormant. I now need to do another re-draft of Novel One, and I'm preparing for that, but I don't expect to have the time I'll need to get properly stuck in until late December or more likely January 2009. Once I get Novel One out to agents in its next incarnation, I'll get going again on Novel Two. As it's a sequel, there doesn't seem much point in working on it until I'm feeling more confident about Novel One.
But I have had some other good news. While the novels were floundering, I started writing short stories for women's magazines. One was placed as runner-up in a competition earlier in the year, and then I sold my first short story to a magazine. My aim for the rest of 2008 is to sell two more short stories to different mags, so that when I send out my novel to agents again, my writer's CV will have an up-to-date gleam. I've got several stories out there so I'm in with a chance. And I want to make a start on the re-draft of Novel One.
So here are my questions for all of you: what were your plans for the year at the start of 2008? How have you done so far? What do you want to achieve by the end of the year?