Oops! So much for my 'commitment' commitment in December. It's the second month of the year and I haven't written a word of fiction. All of my words have been focused on paying clients so far and whilst I'm not complaining - I live to eat, to be able to buy 'stuff' and to actually have some figures to show my accountant at the end of the financial year in April - I am a bit disappointed that my characters have been left in limbo. I imagine some of them are kicking their heels, talking about me behind my back and others (the bolshier ones!) have just left on their own adventures. After all I can't expect them to hang about until I manage to get a schedule together.
They have left gentle reminders for me to get back to them: a set of handwritten notebooks from the end of my first novel which I misplaced 3 years ago. A loss which meant my electronic copy was never finished because I knew there was an ending somewhere - I just had no idea where. Lo! They turned up just before Christmas. I could finally finish 'Fading Away' and send it away into the world . . .
Then, there was the wonderful 'Help I Need A Publisher' blog from Nicola Morgan which asked for readers to send in their synopsis for critique. It made me knuckle down and finish the synopsis for my YA novel. It wasn't picked for critique but I have a clear blueprint on how to reach the end. All I have to do is write it . . .
But instead I've been seduced by press releases and marketing plans, by making headway with all of my other aims for the year whilst my fiction writing ambitions loiter at the back of the room, occasionally raising their hands or their voices but ultimately being drowned out by other demands.
So, here and now, I'm going to make a promise . . .and that promise is that I will write at least once a week, or type at least once a week so eventually there will be a finished novel or two and novel writing will be one of my completed aims for this year.



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