Since I call myself a “hobby” author, my world was filled with things other than writing, but I was able to be productive.
In January I created a Facebook group “Genre Writers of Atlantic Canada”, as a supportive place for genre writers of ANY skill or ability to ask questions, seek feedback, network, and have a friendly place to just connect. We have people that have never been published to USA Today Bestselling Authors and everything in between, go #GWOAC !
In April I was published for the second time with Engen Books in their “Fantasy from the Rock” anthology. They were good enough to include my short story; “A Troll by any other name…” into their collection, along with over a dozen talented regional authors. Many thanks Engen!
My summer was pretty slack in the writing department due to my fiance and I buying a new house and moving, though I was able to set up a tiny writers nook in our den downstairs.
In November I took the plunge and signed myself up for NaNoWriMo. I had no idea if I had a 50K novel in me, or if I could churn one out in 30 days, but with a lot of hard work, an outline, and the support of my friends in “Genre Writers of Atlantic Canada”, I was able to do it.
So, what does 2018 have in store for my writing?
The big thing that NaNoWriMo taught me was that I work best with a near future deadline, so I’ve decided to set myself monthly writing goals. These not be huge achievements, but rather small measurable steps, building upon a solid foundation. For January 1. Make a start editing my NaNoWriMo novel.
2. Get a draft done of a new short story, not sure which one to focus on though at the moment. I find I have a lot of ideas, but struggle to expand upon them.
3. Hunt for and submit my two previously published short stories to reprint markets.