This has been the first year of my venture and I have accomplished lots, a solid foundation for the next 15 years and beyond!
What a year it has been!
I started with intent in January and by February had discovered local arts groups and opportunities. By April I had booked workshops and continued to attend events and classes. I participated in both NaNoWriMo Spring Camp and NaPoWriMo in April and wrote over 50,000 words on my non-fiction manuscript, a book about coping with depression. A collection of 30 poems were produced for National Poetry Month. Throughout the year I wrote short stories and poetry and made submissions, I had one poem published. By the Summer after the July NaNoWriMo Summer camp, in which I wrote a series of short stories, I took August off and caught up with some reading.
Then in September I made an amazing discovery – I realised that poetry was my way back into this writing world. A genre I can write. The creative calling I was meant to follow. I met an amazing group of local poets and joined the Poetry Society Stanza group and started to learn how to edit my poetry – I have always been better helping others than managing on my own. By October I took one brave step back towards the mic and for the first time in 15 years I performed my poetry. I got the taste for it and packed many events and performances into the last quarter of the year. I also secured a writing job in September as an assistant writer (a voluntary position which will hopefully lead to paid work as a lead writer across regional groups in the future.) I thought I had this job and later discovered in November that the charity organising the Writing Squads had changed the system and were requesting formal applications. I sent one and have an interview in January.
In October I also (finally) managed to make it to a festival – after missing all of the festivals on my list this year. I met some more amazing people who have become friends and contacts. Everything I saw inspired me and I learnt a lot, bought a lot of books and went to my first book launch.
And of course this blog, started on the 4th January 2013 which has grown beyond belief and in itself has opened up opportunities that wouldn’t have otherwise existed.
Started this blog, (2 followers)
started my adventures in Blogland and started working on writing challenges from other blogs
submitted two non-fiction life writing (short excerpts), a flash fiction and a short story
Blogging (26 followers)
Flash fiction Jeffery Archer Competition/ Project
submitted poetry to Magma Magazine and a short life write excerpt
Blogging (72 followers)
enrolled onto NaNoWriMo Spring Camp and dug out an old non-fiction manuscript from the 90’s (former writing life) to work on
submitted poetry to Cinnamon Press
developed a book proposal for a title that was snapped up during the process (non-fiction)
made a second attempt at a proposal on a less familiar subject (Non-fiction)
poetry to Abridged
poetry to San Francisco Literary Journal
entered poem in Girl’s College Competition Cambridge
wrote a monologue
Blogging (162 followers)
The Blog receives awards: Best Moment, Leibster and Shine On.
Participated (and WON) NaNoWriMo Spring Camp adding 54000 words to the non fiction manuscript
attended regional NaNowriMo Write In Meets
NaPoWriMo completed in this month.
Attended a 1 day workshop in Comedy Writing with Keith Lindsay
Booked Writing Children’s Picture Books (short course) for May, with Clare Belle
Signed up with Ohio State University to complete online Rhetorical Composition II course
Blogging (220 followers)
Attended a Writer’s Network Meeting
As a result of opportunities at that meeting signed up for a scriptwriting workshop
attended 2 courses and studied for a 3rd online (must have been mad/ eager…)
Rhetorical Composition II
started Scriptwriting/ writing for theatre workshops with Alan Harris (weekends for 3 weeks)
started Picture Book Writing course
submitted an Urban Fantasy Short story (my 1st attempt at this genre)
Blogging (267 followers)
Rhetorical Composition II
Picture Book Writing course
Intended to go to Cinnamon Press Picnic and Book Launch – sadly missed due to weather conditions and energy levels.
Attended first SCWIB meeting – Picture book manuscript critique night – very helpful pointers for manuscript
Signed up for the next NaNoWriMo Summer Camp
I will update this post when I have access to all the information 🙂