First six months gone forever. Fresh start for the second half. How is everyone getting on with their ‘To Do’ lists and their plans for 2012?
I didn’t make any New Year Resolutions, not really, but I did promise myself to write daily and I’ve mostly been true to my word. I’ve also made good (although I still have more to do) on my vow to enter writing competitions. So far this year I’ve sent work into eight poetry and four flash fiction competitions. I’ve had one big win (First Prize at Stafford) in poetry, one Highly Commended in flash (Abergavenny), five fails and I’m waiting to hear about the rest.
In terms of submissions to magazines, webzines and websites (another vague goal I had back in January), I’ve sent eight poems out, three of which have been accepted for publication, and all six flashes I’ve sent out have been published.
What else was I hoping for when the year was new? I wanted to develop my experience of working as a writing tutor and writer in community settings and, so far in 2012, I’ve run four writing workshops in a town museum (Trowbridge Museum), and two at a secondary school (Clarendon College, Trowbridge); I’ve written a successful proposal to run a new creative class at a local Adult Education college and I’ve applied, and been shortlisted, for a Writer in Residence scheme run by a regional Literature Development Agency.
I wanted to create a place to share my published work and to record all my writing projects, so I developed this weblog.
I invariably start the year wanting to attend some kind of course or workshop but that’s an ongoing feeling I have and is part of my yearning to be an eternal student. However, I have attended two excellent writing workshops as a participant this year, a flash fiction one with Calum Kerr and a prose poetry workshop with Carrie Etter, both of which have fed my writing with fresh ideas and introduced new, exciting work to read.
It wasn’t on my list in January, but the win at Stafford meant that I read my work in public for the first time in 15 years. That’s something I’d like to develop further.
So half of the year gone and I’m determined to try to make the most of the next six months. So, without further ado:
My resolutions for the Second Half of 2012
- Read widely, read critically, read for pleasure but understand where the pleasure is coming from!
- Continue to write daily and submit regularly to competitions and for publication.
- Continue to gain experience as a tutor and workshop facilitator in different settings.
- Attend more writing workshops as a participant.
- Do more readings.
- Write my blog regularly. Find ways of making it more interesting without being trivial (all suggestions welcome).
What are your resolutions for the rest of 2012?