My Decade

January 1, 2020 12:22 pm by

My books – so far!

The end of a decade feels different from simply the end of a year, doesn’t it? Not everything that has happened in those ten years will have been happy but this is a useful time to reflect upon all the things you’ve achieved.

As far as my writing goes, this has been a very important decade for me. During this time I have:

  • Found a publisher and an agent
  • Published seven books
  • Signed a contract to write a trilogy
  • Written the first book in the trilogy to be published in February 2020
  • Joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Historical Novel Society and the Society of Authors
  • Won several awards and been shortlisted several times
  • Made fabulous new writing friends
  • Overcome my terror of public speaking and given talks, workshops and book signings
  • Enjoyed researching different eras of history
  • Learned about social media and set up my website
  • Shared what I’ve learned about the craft of writing with anyone who is interested – and a few who aren’t

What about my New Year’s resolutions? I wrote a post about my dislike of these a couple of years ago and you can read about that here 

If I was pressed to make writing resolutions they would be to:

  • Remain curious
  • Keep learning
  • Write every day
  • Improve my system for recording historical resources
  • Remember to Step Away From the Desk from time to time
  • Always strive to make each novel better than the last
  • Always keep a notebook and pen to hand

Do you make resolutions? Do you keep them? Are they helpful? I’d love to know what you think!

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2 responses to “My Decade”

  1. Oh yes and very similar. I don’t write every day and write in great spurts. I still keep research notes in labelled notebooks and this works for me. I want to still get Scrivener to work for me as I like it a lot. Happy New Year.

  2. Charlotte Betts says:

    It’s always interesting to discover the different ways author’s work, isn’t it. No way is right or wrong as long as it works for the individual. My notebooks – kept over the years – are always a useful source of inspiration if my imagination is flagging.

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