- Keep my workspace tidy
Last year I had ‘organise my work space’. I did that. I even treated myself to a new desk, which does make a difference i.e. I believe you are likely to work better in a pleasing environment. What I need to do now is keep it tidy. That’s not something that comes easy to me, but I know that clutter is counterproductive. So much as it pains me this has to go on the list.
- Publish my short stories
A bit of a cheat perhaps because I am well on the way to doing this. I’ve blogged a couple of times on why I think short stories (writing and reading) are so valuable to the writer and last year I decided I needed an outlet for a body of work that is growing (some appear on my web site). I do enter some short story competitions, but that is not enough. So I decided to publish my own. The first selection is almost ready to go, so watch out in the next few weeks. If these go well I will publish a second set later in the year.
- Plan a story from start to finish
I had this on my list last year and failed. It is not the way I tend to work. But, it is worth repeating because this year I have the perfect opportunity to do this. I have finished a draft of the second volume to my first book ‘Ancestral Dreams’ and I am about to start the third and concluding book. The problem I have is that, although I know where I want to end up I am not sure how I’m going to get there.
- Set-up an e-mail list
Again a slight cheat as I’ve already started. I have a soon to be released give-away lined up that I hope anyone interested in science fiction, either writing or reading, or just anyone interested in the future will enjoy: ‘A Companion to the Future: Thoughts, ideas and inspiration for those who write and read science fiction.’ All I need now is to get my cover designer (my son) to do his bit and to set up Mailchimp, so watch this space. If you do sign up I assure you I will not be bombarding you with mail you don’t want. My plan is to issue a short monthly newsletter.
- Guest blogging
I tried this for the first time at the end of the year on ‘Writers helping writers’ . This is a great blog and if it’s one you don’t know I recommend paying it a visit. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was rewarding in that more people visited my own blog, but also in reading and responding to the comments people left. I have another guest spot on ‘C. S. Lakin, a novel life’, in January and I’m looking forward to that. So I intend to look for more in 2015. Again if anyone out there is looking for guest bloggers, or knows blogs that are, please let me know.
Yes it’s that old chestnut for any self-published author. The short stories and of course the e-mail list are all part of that effort as are my intentions to do more guest blogging. It’s all about building a ‘presence’ as a writer and to that end I will be exploring new ways to achieve that. When I do I’ll blog my findings. As always if anyone reading this has come a cross some good ideas / blogs on the subject please let me know.
Well I think that’ll do. Last year there were eight resolutions, but as I said at the beginning I failed with some, so maybe with six I stand a fighting chance. If you’ve made any let me know what your favourites are. Oh and if you’re wondering about the bottom photo – yes it was that cold!
Here’s to a successful 2015 everyone.