Resolutions (and a writing to-do list) for 2016

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On top of all the usual resolutions about being more present, less judgemental, and meditating every day, here are some resolutions for my writing life in 2016.

 

1. Work through the teetering pile of books beside my bed, books people gave me or told me I absolutely must read in 2015 and I never managed to, plus those I got super-excited about reading, but didn’t. Oh, plus the twenty or so books I got for Christmas and for my birthday…

At the moment I’m reading ‘Sweet Caress’ by William Boyd. Up next, I’m very excited to read ‘Starlings’ by Erinna Mettler and ‘My Brilliant Friend’ by Elena Ferrante.

 

2. And in the likely event I acquire a whole load of new books this year, I’m committing to buying them from independent bookshops or direct from the publishers rather than from certain (ahem) online suppliers which squeeze the margins of independent publishers to the point of non-existence.

 

3. Finish Baby X, and work hard to sell A LOT of copies. There are a lot of things I’m looking forward to in 2016 – holding my book in my hand, sharing it with friends and family, and (fingers crossed) with a much wider community of readers. At the same time, I know the final stages of editing may be gruelling, and I’m going to have to be brave about putting myself forward for events and opportunities to publicise the book. I also know that not everyone is gonna love it, which is pretty scary. I’m committing to holding my nerve.

 

4. Rewrite He, She, It. I’m about half way through a major rewrite of this book, which received encouraging comments from agents a couple of years ago and feels particularly timely now, given the new rise of feminism and the interest in trans issues in the media. Between sessions devoted to editing and publicising Baby X, I’m committing to finishing this book in 2016.

 

5. Find a home for Seal Skin. I entered this middle-grade novel for the Times / Chicken House competition this year, so wish me luck that it does well. And if Chicken House is not the right home for this book, I’m hoping it will find another publishing house in 2016 to nurture it and bring it into the world.

 

 

6. Collaborate with a playwright to produce a piece of original (podcastable?) radio drama. I’m excited at how much there is to learn from this project, which is new on so many levels: I’ve never written drama, never worked with a co-writer and never worked with actors. Could be daunting… good job we’ve got such a fantastic idea!

 

7. Keep blogging, and keep making connections with interesting people online, but don’t get sucked into to believing this stuff is the actual work. You know what I’m talking about. For more on this topic, check out this infographic from the fabulous Guillaume Morissette.

 

8. Jealously guard time for creative work, in the face of multiple demands and distractions. I recently took on more responsibility at work, and the pressure to work longer and longer hours is hard to resist. Between that and family responsibilities, not to mention the many distractions of modern life, I reckon it would be easy not to write a word in 2016. Not sure what the solution is, except to be super-organised, super-assertive, and not give myself a hard time when I can’t do everything.

 

So those are my commitments for 2016.  Looking forward to reading yours!

 

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28 thoughts on “Resolutions (and a writing to-do list) for 2016

  1. Maddy@writingbubble

    Those are some fabulous goals for 2016 – very exciting! Three different books (of your own) that need different attention in different ways AND a whole new radio project – sounds amazing. I love the reading goals too and think reading and supporting independent bookshops are pretty essential for authors. I should probably try and pin some of my plans for this year down, as usual my brain is being ten ferrets about it all! Thanks for linking to #whatImwriting and Happy New Year!

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  2. Belle Amatt

    I think you’ve got your resolutions well balanced – ambitious and creative aims whilst not giving yourself a hard time if it’s not going at the pace you would wish or if family life gets in the way. And enjoying the journey is so important too. Good luck and enjoy. I can’t wait to hold a copy of your book too!

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  3. Zoe

    Great resolutions for 2016. Might have to pinch a few myself, especially the ‘not believing this stuff is actually work,’ I get caught up in it far too much!

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    1. Becky Post author

      Thanks Zoe. Tell me about it. It’s so easy to get sucked down the Facebook / twitter / blogging rabbit hole, isn’t it?

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  4. Rachael

    Am ambitious list! But no doubt you’ll achieve most of it. And I am super excited about He, She, It and Baby X especially – can’t wait to read them! x

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    1. Becky Post author

      Thanks Rachael, I can’t wait for you to read them either! Looking forward to seeing more of your amazing spoken word poetry in 2016!

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  5. Alice @ The Filling Glass

    You made me chuckle with the pile of teetering books at your bedside – snap! It sound as though you have set yourself some achievable goals, good luck. And I’m with you too on the making connections/blogging time distortion! x

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  6. Maggie Royal ;)

    Thank you for this post! Fantastic goals! A very full and exciting year awaits you. You’ve gotten me excited to put my creative goals to paper.

    …It’s also wonderful to see my art on your blog. It makes me happy. XO

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    1. Becky Post author

      Thanks Maggie. It makes me happy to have your art work on my blog. Make some more! (And see you soon xxx)

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  7. Sophie Lovett

    Sounds like you’ve got a super-exciting year ahead! I’m looking forward to reading Baby X, and love the sound of your other writing projects too. I’m suddenly raring to go on my own books which have taken a bit of a back seat in recent weeks… xx

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    1. Becky Post author

      Thanks Sophie, glad you’re raring to go again. I’m looking forward to reading your YA novel at some point – soon maybe…?

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    1. Becky Post author

      Thanks Aimee, it’s kind of you to see these as focused – sometimes I worry there are too many projects on the go. Good luck with your writing in 2016!

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  8. Mummy Tries

    Loved reading this the other day, and finally have a little window to pop back and comment. You’ve got some wonderful projects on the go and I’m excited for you. Can’t wait to hear more. Very best of luck with it all, and belated happy New Year xx

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  9. nicola young

    You’ve got a lot to look forward to and it sounds like even more to come with the other two novels not far behind. It’s so hard to juggle work and writing isn’t it. I am yet to get back into it, as I’m working out where I need to go from here on in.

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  10. Emily Organ

    What a wonderful set of resolutions and how lovely to have so much lined up for this year. Good luck with Baby X in the summer! I can’t wait to see how it all goes for you x

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    1. Becky Post author

      Thanks Emily, and good luck with all your plans this year. I’ll look forward to hearing more about the new books.

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