Year of the Writer Comes to an End

At the end of last year, I said 2006 was going to be the Year of the Writer. Besides wanting to see publication for many of my internet writing friends, and for myself, I made a list of goals. I’ve just been reading the list and … I can’t believe it, even though I didn’t come close to the dates provided, I did complete everything on the list. I’m shocked! I thought I would have failed miserably. That has given me a little spurt of confidence. 😀

The Year of the Writer is coming to an end. I don’t think anyone I know actually got published in a big way, but I do know a few people who are within touching distance of this happening.

For me, 2006 was not what I wanted it to be and the year will be forever etched in my mind. The Year of the Writer ended in May when I lost my beloved son. I did, however, finish editing Book 1 in my children’s series and I wrote Book 2 of the series, so it wasn’t all bad.

I’ve been thinking about my options lately. And I’ve also been thinking about my lack of “movement”. Something has to change, and that something is me. I need a plan.

Firstly, however, I need to know what I have to plan with. What stories are finished and polished? Which of these are already “tied up”? Which are free to submit? What stories need more planning or editing? Which stories need to be rewritten from the beginning?

Here’s my current list of manuscripts, in their various stages of development:


Isle of Cotti (romance for adults) – (complete, 10 chapters rewritten in edit stage, second half needs replanning)

Kingdom of Marlinor Trilogy (fantasy for adults)
1. Whispering Caves (complete, but needs replanning and rewriting)
2. Windy Plains (in planning stages)
3. Butterweed Fever (in planning stages)

Westmore Castle (fantasy for adults) – (4 chapters written, needs proper planning)

Blood Red, White Fire (fantasy for young adults) – (22 chapters written of first draft)

The World of Jaishree (fantasy for young adults) – (written as a short story that should have been a novel, needs replanning and rewriting)

Sam & Arden (fantasy for young adults) – (4 chapters written, needs proper planning)

Mid Summer’s Day (science fiction for adults) – (fully planned, but not written)

The People of Miu Series (fantasy for children aged 8 to 12 years)
1. Cat’s Eyes (100% complete)
2. Cat’s Paw (complete in first draft)
3. Cat’s Whiskers (in planning stages)

Short Stories

Help Wanted! (general women’s fiction) – (complete)

Journey to Freedom (fantasy for adults) – (complete, but I’m still not happy with it, so it needs another edit)

Guards Mustering (fantasy for adults) – (complete)

Wynter Boundaries (fantasy for adults) – (complete)

Putting this list together has helped me in more ways than one. For starters it shows me that I have a lot of unfinished projects. I can safely say this is because in the early days of writing I didn’t plan, which meant I quickly ran out of steam, or cornered myself or just didn’t know where the story was heading and wrote in circles. And because these projects are from the “early” days, it also means that my writing skills were not the best. I’ve improved tenfold since then and all the stories need to be properly planned and rewritten from the beginning (even the finished projects).

The list also shows me that I’m unorganised because I don’t have many manuscripts polished and ready for submission. As a writer this is bad and I intend to change this.

For the moment, I only really have one novel manuscript which is 100% ready for submission and that is currently with a publisher in Sydney, so it’s not free for submission elsewhere.

I only have four short stories. I’ve never been keen on writing short stories. All my stories seem to turn into full length novels. Obviously, I can’t think small! Anyway, two of these are “tied up” with anthology projects and I must be patient with those, but I expect one of them to be released soon. The other two are free to submit now.

So what are my plans for 2007?

  • To edit Cat’s Paw and get it ready for submission.
  • To write and edit Cat’s Whiskers and get it ready for submission.
  • To finish Blood Red, White Fire. I only have approx. 4 chapters to go for heaven’s sake!
  • Plan all three books of The Kingdom of Marlinor trilogy.
  • Re-edit the story Journey to Freedom until I’m happy with it.
  • Query and submit all “free” short stories until they are accepted.
  • Write and edit two new short stories.
  • To read at least three writing “how to” books from cover to cover, which is something I’ve never done. At least one of these books must be on self-editing.

That sounds a lot, doesn’t it? But I’ve done my sums and I feel certain that this goal is not unachievable and it’s time I tried to stretch myself.

I challenge the readers of this blog to make their own list of manuscripts (for private use), but to make their 2007 writing goals public.

10 thoughts on “Year of the Writer Comes to an End”

  1. As usual, I comment way too late given the date of the entry, but I’ll wish you all the good luck in the world for 2007, and that you’ll be able to complete (most of) your set goals.

    My writing goals for 2007 are… simply to write everyday, no matter how many words nor for how much time. This way, I don’t lose the habit to write, and I’m not jeopardizing my studies by “forcing” myself to take one hour or two every day. My other goal is to also submit short stories to magazines and publishing houses. This, I think, is an attainable one.

    I’ll post these on my blog later on, even if I should’v done that before. Must by my resolution to never take resolutions. 😉

  2. It’s lovely to see you, Yzabel. You’ve been quiet on the internet for a while now.

    Simple goals are better, I think. At least you can reach them, and, as you said, they are given you discipline. Good luck with your daily writing.

  3. I do too many things for my own good to be as active as I used to be, that’s it (it’d take me hours every day to go through the blogs, forums and other places I was more accustomed to). But I try to come back here and there, even if not daily anymore. 🙂

  4. I know the feeling, Yzabel. I try to visit all the blogs in my blog roll at least once a week.

    It’s like having an extended family. I want to know what everyone is up to.

    I still visit your blog.

  5. You’re probably visiting it more than me, then. 😉

    Well, alright, I did start updating more often again. With one update every six weeks or so, it wasn’t very hard to do, though.

  6. Maybe you’ve got too many blogs on the go. I had that problem and ended up posting to none of them. I notice you’ve got several. Do you think that’s a deterrent (for yourself, not your readers)?

  7. For myself, it probably is. Maintaining everything on a daily basis takes its toll on one’s time, and I don’t have much these days. In the case of the Y Logs, what tends to slow me down is also the translation part, but since I have reades both in English and in French, it’d be annoying to give that up.

    On the other hand, some of my other blogs are already so much as dead anyway, which is going to leave me more time. I hope.

  8. Well, they’re blogs I don’t have much interest updating anymore, so I guess it’s ot that abnormal? 😛 It’ll give me more time to update those I really care about, instead of feeling “forced” to post.


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