Saturday, 1 January 2011
2011 Is Here - Time To Look Forward
Exercise - Where physically possible, aim for three runs a week - generally Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. At least 3.11miles/5kms - working up to five miles on at least one run. These are not always physically possible due to kids, illness and holidays - and weather! I'm not completely stupid.
Weight - Just before Christmas my weight dropped to just under 10 stone. I never thought I could manage that, but as I now see it IS possible, I want to get below 10 stone in weight - 9 stone 12lb - hopefully sensible eating (don't believe in diets) and exercise should achieve this.
Life - try to be more patient with my kids. Try to earn enough from writing regularly, so I can consider giving up my 'weekend' job. Need to get more motivated and organise my time better - get housework out of the way, then write, write, write or read, read, read!
Writing Related Activities:-
Writers Bureau Coursework - Aim to do one assignment every two months - one month research/reading, then writing articles and editing. Should try to do it within one month, but take no longer than two months to complete it. By December 2011, I want to have finished my non-fiction assignments (4 left) and be starting my fiction ones.
Short Stories - Try to write 1-2 short stories a month - either for competitions or magazines.
Articles - Try to write one article outside of coursework (or a letter to a magazine) a month.
Novel - Finish writing and editing The Wedding Favour (working title might change to One Good Turn) and aim to submit during the year. (By August?). Research suitable publishers, too.
Fan Fiction - Finish my last story in the A Beautiful Lie Series. This series has been great practice for my romance writing and it's only fair I give these characters the happy ending they deserve. This will become weekend project - will probably start up again once I have The Wedding Favour's first draft finished.
Reading - 40 books a year - however this year, I need to split time between reading books and magazines (tutor's suggestion) so I won't beat myself up if I don't get to 40 books. But I want a rough target which will make me pick up books and read frequently.
Blog - To blog at least once a week, writing or family related. Maybe start posting some short stories or articles which I can't get published.
January is going to be a month of catching up with myself. I'm going to get the house cleaned and sorted, with the Christmas aftermath (I have a lot of toys to sort out!) I've got four short stories already written; I'm going to resubmit them to magazines or find competitions, and the same goes for some underlying articles I have. I will also try to get The Wedding Favour finished, so that it can rest and be ready for a hard edit. I'll start reading my coursework for assignment 7, Then, once straight in my head, I'll knuckle down to the writing goals I've set.
Technically, last year I scored three times (published pieces), albeit unpaid. So I want to get at least three paid pieces this year! Fingers crossed x