At the end of last year I wrote a quick post about my highlights, and what I wanted to accomplish for 2018. As we steam toward the end of the year, it’s time to look back and see what I achieved, and what I missed. These type of reviews can be hard to do, but they’re important for writers, as it lets you manage your expectations for anything you do in the future.
When I’ve put this post together, I’ll give the some thought over the Christmas period, and share some targets for 2019.
Write with Phil has taken a lot of time this year. I’ve posted at least once every week (although I think I missed one in the summer) and every now and then I’ve even managed two.
My author interviews, which concluded in the summer, were a great way for me to get in contact with other authors and screenwriters, and see how they work, and why they write. I learned a lot from their interviews, so I would like to say thank you to everyone who took the time to answer my questions.
Wide range of topics
I’ve also written on a variety of topics this year, a natural extension of the original aim of WWP to be based around productivity. Part of this flows from concerns I discovered about burnout and the pressure that writers put themselves under. From talking to people both in the real world and online, I realised that websites that last year I loved can have a side-effect. They can make you feel that they work you are doing isn’t enough, or you’re not writing fast enough.
I had three targets at the end of 2017.
- Post at least once a week
- 10 Guest posts on WWP
- 10 posts by me on other blogs
I’ve missed one of them – getting ten guest blogs on other websites. Although I started strongly,with posts on Bang2Write, Creative Penn and Scrivener Virgin, these soon stopped- not because I stopped writing, but simply because I realised that I wanted to concentrate on my creative writing when I wasn’t writing on this blog. The guest posts were fun, but they were increasingly become a distraction, and the lack of writing I got done in the first half of the year I attribute to too much attention on the blog.
I’ve been quite focused this year. I haven’t moved from project to project, and I’ve tried to keep working on one thing at a time.
When The Unjudged was finally published (in May!!) I started to pull together a second standalone book, False Sanctuary (formerly The Head of the Beast). This proved a lot morec hallenging than I expected. The main character became more complex, and the plot almost twisted itself into nonsense, which needed a lot of work.
The edit was finished in October, and the manuscript is off to beta readers now, so I’m hoping to get that published around May next year, although I have a feeling other things may take up my time…
I’m now working on a script, a very personal story, that I’m being cagey about. I’ll be able to talk a little more about it soon, but for now I’m keeping my cards close to my chest.
2018 in conclusion
So it’s been a good year for writing on the blog, and maybe an underwhelming one for my creative writing. But the joy I felt when The Unjudged was published, and some of the really nice feedback I got, has inspired me to keep pushing with that. And the current script… well it gives me goosebumps.
Time for some Christmas thinking…