Looking backwards and forwards (December Update)

It’s the end of another year. A good time to reflect on the year gone by, and my wishes for the coming 2019.

Lookback at 2018

I’ve not been so great with my writing in the first part of 2018, due to various life stressors that gave me enough excuses to sit down and write. Long commutes, stressful day job, lots of various life changes (getting cats!), and changing my day job have somewhat put a stop to writing. If I look back at my word counts from earlier in the year, they’re barely hitting 5k words in a month (some I’m lucky to have broken 1k words).

My favourite part of this year has to be NanoWriMo hands down. Not only has it given me permission to try a new story (rather than my Magnum Opus which is going to be years in the making), and have fun with my writing. Yes, there were days when I didn’t want to write, there were days that staying up to 11pm to get to the next word count level really hit me the next day. But it was so all consuming that every breath was about this story and developing it from the ground up.

December has been something of a non-month for me, what with Christmas plans (love the family roadtrips!) and just general busy-ness in the run up to Christmas I’ve not been so diligent with my writing goals. Scrivener has been somewhat of a lifesaver in terms of getting me to write and plan my unwieldly beast of a story that came to fruition over NanoWriMo. I’m hoping to get a first draft done before The Wedding ™ next year, but we’ll see how we do.

I’ve also been trying to get more up to date on Instagram (see my link above!) and get more socially driven generally. Whilst my dream is to still chase the elusive traditional publishing contract, I’m thinking indie publishing might be a route I want to pursue too, and that means making somewhat of an online presence. It’s slow work, it’s certainly a learning progress (for someone who is so share-adverse in my personal life, it certainly is a test of confidence as well), and I have no idea how successful it will be. But I’ll try, and we’ll see what happens.

Looking forward to 2019

2019 is going to be an enormous year for me I think.

On the writing front, I’m going to try and finish my first & second draft of my NanoWriMo novel (still under the working title “Assassins Book 1”, really do need a better name for this). I’m going to try and be better planned with my Teacup Stories and other Short Stories on wordpress – they’ve been harder to keep up with due to December’s general busy-ness, but I do want to get back to writing them more regularly.

Personally, I get married (!!) to my wonderful fiancé next year, which is both incredibly exciting and means I am incredibly busy. With that and our holiday afterwards, I don’t expect much writing to be done although I am going to be visiting some amazing places that have been on my bucket-list to visit for quite some time. It also introduces the idea of what do I do with my pen name that I’ve been mulling over for a while. I like the fact my name (Alix) is in it. I like the fact it is close enough and yet far enough removed from my legal name to be suitably pen-name ish. But then, do I change it as well? Do I use my shiny new married name? Possibly, we’ll see. Something to reflect on and come back to later in 2019.

Aside from all of that, there is also our house build, our beloved cats to pet, and hundreds of other Things To Do That Aren’t Writing which will press upon my time and energy. I expect 2019 to be busy, but this year I have a new found drive to make my dreams of being a writer a reality. It’s not a question of if, but when.

2018 has provided me with the revelation that you get one life, and that you can make it into what ever you want it to look like. 2019 will be the first year I get to put this new revelation into practice, to try and takes steps towards the goal of being published.

From there? Who knows? But I’m so excited to just try. And I hope you will come along for this crazy journey with me.

But for now, I wish you all a Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year.

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