5 Year Writing Project: 2016 round-up

Round up of 2016’s writing achievements, and a quick look ahead.

In August 2013, I signed up for Misha and Beth’s 5 year project. The idea was to set yourself a writing goal and then stick with it for 5 years until you achieved your aim. In my case, my goal was to get a novel finished and published.

3 years and 4 months later and I have:

bullet-30 Achieved the first part of my goal. Yes, my novel is written. It’s called The Reluctant Scribe and is a historical novel set in the Tang Dynasty, 7th century China. I’ve had feedback from various people, including a professor of literature, and it has all been positive. Continue reading “5 Year Writing Project: 2016 round-up”

Can I take my hamster into space?

NaNoWriMo day two, and a second short story is in the bag. Well, the first draft completed anyway. It needs more work before I allow anybody to read it!

I’m staying with the sci-fi theme, but this piece consists entirely of emails written by a harassed young graduate on a placement with Leicester I E Scheme (LIES). Continue reading “Can I take my hamster into space?”

5 year project: October update

do you have goalsI’m taking part in Misha and Beth’s Five Year Project and my five-year goal is to write a novel and get it published. To pursue this goal, I really should be continuing my quest to find an agent interested in my historical novel, The Reluctant Scribe. But, in fact, I’ve been doing other things…

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FIVE good reasons to make time for writing.

Photo of pink spotted notepad, notes on writing - Ruth LivingstoneA couple of months ago I had a short piece published on the Self Publishing Magazine‘s website. It describes:

  •  the kick that started me writing seriously,
  • my strategies for defeating procrastination,
  • why I used deadlines to my advantage,
  • how blogging helped me improve,
  • and how I learned to value feedback.

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