Welcome to the New Year everyone. How about a nice green tea to counteract all the over- indulgence? Or maybe just a good strong cuppa or a coffee? I'd offer you a Quality Street but as you can see, only the nasty blue ones are left.
I hope you all enjoyed the festivities and are recharged and raring to go. I have a stack of new notebooks and a pile of new pens just waiting to be used. Just like the first page of a new journal, these fill me with enthusiasm and hope. This year my goals are slightly different. Last year my sole aim was to finish the book, but for various reasons, that didn't happen. This year, I aim to step it up a notch. Apart from our Novel Race, I'm determined to submit small pieces to e-zines, magazines and competitions, as last year I was undisciplined, convincing myself I was concentrating on 'the book' but actually writing other bits and pieces and yet doing nothing with them. In a year in which it's going to be even harder for many of us to earn our daily bread as well as write, this is probably going to be tough but it can be done. Can't it?
So my question is this. Apart from your Novel Race w-i-p, what else do you write? Do you write short stories, flashes, poetry? If you do, do you write them for yourself or do you submit them? I know some of you have journalism commitments and others are doing courses. Do you find that taking time out to write something completely different helps you to stay on track with your novel, or does it detract, leaving you even less time? Or are you one of those writers who, when writing a book, does just that – writes the book and nothing else.
Whatever you do, I hope this year is an extremely good one for all of us. Good luck Racers.