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Monday, 31 December 2012

A writing year in review

Blimey is that 2012 all done with already? And what a year with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and 2 sets of Olympics to cheer about. Hopefully you've had plenty to cheer about in your writing too. The Indoor Writer looks back on her writing year highlights as she starts to set out some new goals for 2013 (more in a later post):

Firsts:
April - a day out at the London Book Fair to pitch my children's novel to a publisher. Pitch was unsuccessful but a great experience (more here about surviving my day at the fair).
May - my first ever sale to a magazine. Short story sold to Fiction Feast (and published in November).
Sep - joined a local poetry group, meeting once a month, and I've started writing poetry again.
Oct - first sale to The People's Friend (my mum pretty chuffed about this).
Dec - converted a short story into a one act play. This has inspired me to consider writing a longer play and possibly a screenplay.

Wins:
April - Won a bursary place at West Country Writers' Annual Literary Weekend - a real treat and met some lovely writers. More here.
June - Steyning Festival Short Story Competition. This is the biggest win to date and I had a fabulous day with Handsome Hubby at Wiston House for prize giving ceremony and lunch. Also got to meet Simon Brett and Elly Griffiths! More on this here.
August - Won a free week plus accommodation to Swanwick Writers' Summer School. A fabulous experience, again met some great writers and some new friends. Here's a write up of the event.
Nov - Won ChocLit Summer Short Story Competition. A great prize and a tin of choccies too!

There were plenty of rejections, inevitably, but thankfully balanced by a steady sprinkle of good news. And I'm very grateful for those sprinkles as they are just what a writer needs to keep believing that somebody out there likes what you write. And that's all you can wish for...


Wishing you all a Happy New Year and much success in your writing goals for 2013!


16 comments:

  1. You've had a brilliant year - well done!

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    1. Thanks Wendy - you've not done too badly with sales to Fiction Feast etc either!

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  2. I agree with Wendy - what a fantastic year. Fingers crossed for 2013!

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    1. Definitely keeping LitPig's trotters crossed. Thanks Sally and wishing you lots of writing success for 2013 too!!

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  3. Happy New Year Tracy!

    You've done so well in 2012, but I have a feeling that 2013 will bring many more successes :)

    Xx

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    1. Thanks Vikki and Happy New Year! I think my writing can only improve and get better. I'm looking forward to what 2013 will bring xx

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  4. That really is a year of achievement! I hope 2013 is just as good for you!

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    1. Thanks Linda and hope 2013 is a successful writing year for you too :)

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  5. What a wonderful year you have had. Best of luck for 2013 xxx

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    1. Wishing you a great writing year too Edith. Thank you for the lovely comment :)

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  6. Well done on your firsts and wins this year. I am sure there will be even more to come in 2013.

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    1. Thank you Claire for stopping by. I have a good feeling about 2013!

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  7. An excellent year. I hope 2013 is just as good.

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    1. All trotters crossed! Thanks Patsy :)

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  8. A great year gone by, Trace - hope this one is even better!

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    1. I rather enjoyed 2012 and hoping for more of the same in 2013. Happy New Year Rosemary :)

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