by Alison Clifford
We’re heading for the start of a new year and it’s customary at this time to make resolutions for the year ahead. I’m not into resolutions—they’re an invitation to fail. I have, however, done a lot of thinking over the past few weeks and I’ve made some decisions about 2017. So no resolutions, only plans.
I have two projects I’ve started and I hope to finish at least one of those. ‘I hope’ sounds kind of non-committal, but it may be that another story starts screaming to be written and the two original projects may get shelved for a bit longer. I will write another story, which one is the chosen one is the question.
I’m planning to publish two books in 2017. Both have been written—it’s just a case of pulling them into shape. Sounds easy, right?
I’ve thought quite a bit about where I want my blog to go in the New Year. Blogging is something I love doing and I want to improve my blog in 2017. Up to now I’ve had a mapped out editorial calendar and posted to plan each week. I have to admit I’m not completely happy with how that is working, so in 2017 I’m going to do something completely foreign to my nature.
I’m going to wing it.
I want to keep the focus similar, but I want it to be more informal. How that is going to look is anyone’s guess!
Something New (because I don’t have enough to do already!)
I must be mad, because I’m about to start a second blog. This one is going to be about writing, and in particular, help and tips for those new to the writing game. It’s also going to focus on indie authors—those who want to self-publish. I’ll be winging it, like my main blog, at least to start with. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while, and apparently now is the time I’m doing it! It’s called Write Mind and I’ll be sharing links to some of the posts on Facebook. If you want to write and would like some tips, feel free to come along for the ride.
One thing I’m sticking with is my annual reading challenge, though I’m going to cut down the number of books I plan to read from 52 to 35. As I did last year, I’m going to try to read books from several genres and try books I might not normally read. I have my reading challenge set up on Goodreads and it tracks the books I read and tells me how many I have left to complete the challenge. If you haven’t already had a look at the Goodreads website, I encourage you to do so—it really is the ultimate website for readers!
Do you want to play along? You can set any book number you like and read whatever you like. I’d love to hear about some of the books you’ve enjoyed.
That’s about it for now. I think that’s more than enough to be going on with! Don’t forget, if you would like to be notified by email of special deals and announcements, sign up to my list. The sign up form can be found on this page (on the right).
I hope you have a fantastic New Year and that 2017 is good to you!
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