The holidays are over. The last piece of turkey has been eaten (or frozen for that soup you’re planning later in the month). The decorations have been put away for another eleven months and the Christmas cards have all been recycled. It’s time to face the New Year. And, as per tradition, the members of Chudleigh Writers’ Circle have been working on their writerly resolutions for 2019. This week we bring you a selection.
Peter Whittle, CWC Chairman, author of several musical plays and many songs:
“My (somewhat hesitant) resolution for 2019:- is to have a go at writing a radio play.”
Jean Grimsey, who enjoys reading her own work (and sometimes that of other poets) at local Open Mic events:
1. 500 words as early as possible every morning. Just words, preferably polite ones, but not always.
2. Finish setting up a physical file of all my poems, together with a spreadsheet listing them with short notes that hopefully will allow me to start sorting my work into themes.
3. Think hard about a pamphlet or chapbook.
4. Set up my own poem-a-day challenge for January – just the bones of poems to try and lift myself out of the writing doldrums I am in at the moment.
5. Enter competitions and submit work to magazines etc. – if you don’t enter you can’t win!
Margaret Barnes, author of two novels and a book of short pieces from her days as a barrister:
“‘I hope to publish the extended edition of ‘Trials and Errors’ under the title Trials, Errors and Misdemeanours in February and then complete the first draft of Honour Among Thieves.“
Steve Male, currently working on his first book:
“I am a great believer in consistency. So my New Years resolution for 2019 continues to be as it has been for the past few years: Publish my Modelling Man book on Kindle.”
Bea Hutchings, actress and writer of humorous poetry and prose:
@2019 is the year when I aim to publish my poetry collection, my novel, and get all my short stories and articles out there!”
Elizabeth Ducie, authorpreneur of four novels and a series of books on business skills for writers:
“2019 is the year I will finally get to grips with marketing my ebooks. At the same time, I will be researching the next novel, a time-slip set in Russia, in preparation for writing the first draft during NaNoWriMo in November. And working on another two books in the Business of Writing series. And maybe publishing a series of travel shorts. A year of Doing It My Way – and having fun.”
Good luck to all of you in your endeavours. We’ll check back with you in December 2019, to see how you’ve got on.