New Year – New Blog

WineThis 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?


6 Responses to “New Year – New Blog”

  1. 1 Sheryl Gwyther December 31, 2008 at 11:21 am

    Yes, I’ll help you toast in a very good New Writing Year ahead, my friend! For you, me and J! And a toast to your forth-coming nuptials, as well.
    X S

  2. 2 Julie December 31, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    Of course I’ll have a drink for you! I’ll even have a carrot for your rabbit :-)

    All the best for 2009 – may it be full of friends, success, hot chocolates and, of course, rabbits!

    Happy New Year!

    J :-)

  3. 3 author2 January 1, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Welcome aboard! Here’s to another good year. Check out my wishes for fellow writers on my blog.

  4. 4 Katherine Battersby January 2, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Thanks all! Can’t wait to check in this time next year and see what we’ve all achieved.

  5. 5 Madeline January 3, 2009 at 6:48 am

    Hi Kath! I thought I would let you know that I am taking a page from your book (pun intended) and have created my own writing goals and resolutions this year. One of them, to help me on my own path, is to check your blog everyday. (Have to love that the Australian New Year happens before the Colorado-an New Year!) Even if you don’t plan to write here every day, maybe knowing someone is reading will push you towards your blog instead of towards driving Andrew batty. Although, I have to admit that driving Andrew batty can be a lot of fun. :)

    Love and miss all of you!


  6. 6 Katherine Battersby January 3, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Hi Mady! Thanks for stopping in! It’s actually a really lovely thought that you’ll be sharing my journey on here with me – it certainly does help my commitment thinking people might be interested in what I have to say :) My goal is to write on here 3-4 times a week.

    I’m so excited to hear that you write also. I keep coming across people in my life who I have always known, but weren’t aware we shared this interest. Very exciting.

    And don’t worry – I will continue to drive Andrew nuts in other ways!

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A blog of ramblings about the world of writing and illustrating for children, by an author / illustrator who might just have a thing for rabbits.

Katherine's picture books, 'Squish Rabbit' and 'Brave Squish Rabbit', are out with Viking (Penguin, US) and UQP (Australia). Please e-mail if you would like her to blog about something in particular.

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