This time last year I made some writing goals, then toasted in the new year with a feeling that it was going to be a good one for my writing. This was unusual for me because I’m not usually an optimistic person (especially when it comes to my writing – I’m your typical self-doubting creative). Now I’m not sure whether it’s because I made these goals and really threw myself into them, or because I’ve now been writing for a few years and things finally started folding together like an emerging origami swan, but it was indeed a good year.
By far the most incredible thing for me was being awarded an ASA mentorship to develop a junior fantasy novel of mine. I’ve been lucky enough to be working with Kate Forsyth, a superstar in the world of fantasy novels. At times I have been challenged and stretched and pushed like a piece of writing putty, but I can feel new buds forming and I’m loving every moment. I’m exactly half way through the mentorship with 6 months to go, and have learnt more in this short time than I could have in years on my own.
So when sitting down to write my goals for this coming year, I really wanted to think hard about them. And as it turns out, this blog is one of them. I want this to be a place to talk about all things writing (and occasionally illustrating, as I dabble in that also) – what I’m learning through the mentorship, how stories develop, the daily ups and downs of being an aspiring writer. There’s nothing I love more than talking about the craft of writing. Such ramblings will now appear here, instead of happening in my kitchen with my long suffering fiancé (who is undoubtedly sick of me waxing lyrical about characterisation or the dangers of certain plot paths).
So, like millions of others across the globe, I’ll be welcoming 2009 with new goals in mind. Here’s to another exciting year of writing. Will you toast with me?