Happy New Year to everyone! 2016 has started at last, with more of a whimper than a bang for me, thanks to my daily commute. But who cares about that stuff? There are more important things than trains, like writing. And sleep. But mostly writing.
I’ve been asked a few times what my 2016 resolutions are. I have only one: to take driving lessons and pass my test (yes, I’m a little behind the rest of my generation).
Oh, sure, I could make a dozen new year resolutions about writing schedules, courses and book publishing attempts, but the truth is that the way I worked last year is still good for me.
2015 saw me complete, edit and query my first novel. I intend something similar for my second novel this year but, if it doesn’t happen that way, it doesn’t matter. The one thing I learned from 2015 is that a book will be finished when it’s finished.
So this year, I make no new writing resolutions, but stick to an old one: to reserve Tuesday evenings for writing. Yes, that’s just two hours, once a week. Of course, I write at other times too, but having a ‘safe’ date in my diary helps my progress a lot. So, more of that this year.
On the subject of ‘out with the old, in with the new’, here’s something I will be getting rid of: books.
I intend to move into my first house this year and, as some of you may know, I hoard books. Books of all kinds and genres. It occurs to me that I won’t have enough room for my dream library just yet, so I’m whittling my collection down to the absolutely necessary 300 titles or so. I’ll be selling the remainder (all good quality, well looked after) on eBay for pittance (I’m thinking 20-50p for most), so if you’re interested in expanding your own collection on the cheap or simply want some new reading material, watch this space.
All that remains is for me to wish you a Merry New Year of good health and great imagination.