New Year’s Resolutions: 2015

So, following on from last year’s writing resolutions, I’m going to do five for this year.

1. Green Sky Series – keep writing! I want to finish Series 1, so finish book 5,6, and 7, and plot/write 8, 9 and 10. Then start the next series? Or at least have an outline in my head of the plot for that, and the first few books…

2. Madcap Library / Duster: keep at it! We’ve been asked to submit a children’s illustrated story to a publisher, so I want to follow this through, however far it goes.

3. Get more involved in the writing community. I’m currently a member of the Swindon Free Writers, and I want to do a lot more with the website and forums (particularly as I’m now living a little distance away, and might not be able to make all the meetings). I’m pretty happy with the amount I’m putting into this blog, so one or two posts a month is likely what I’ll stick to, but I do want to do more with my @writingandcoe account – there’s a lot of awesome people and news on Twitter, and I find I miss a lot of it, so I want to be more savvy about who I follow – and also try to get my phone to like the app so that I can catch up when I’m out and about.

4. In addition to the above, keep encouraging, critiquing and editing. I’ve been reading and critiquing items for a number of people over the last six months, and encouraging various people – which mostly consists of “get on with it”! It’s nice to be able to read new writing (particularly in-progress writing – at one point I got a chunk of new story from Jamie every lunchtime, and as Jazz is one of my favourite characters, that was amazing!) and I love being able to read different things. Helping other people also inspires me to look more closely at my own writing and makes me a better critic and editor of my own work, so being able to encourage and critique work is something I want to keep doing. I’m also going to be editing blog posts in a completely different subject (engineering :-/ ) so that will provide a different view on writing.

5. And a stretch goal: challenge myself. The Dresden Files RPG is an ongoing writing challenge, but I have things I want to get better at with my everyday writing (plotting and styles mostly). I’m writing lyrics at the moment which is definitely a challenge, but I want to enter competitions, push myself to try different genres (horror and poetry?), and mostly just make myself WRITE without any reference to that little critical voice. I now consider myself a writer, dammit – so I’m going to spend this year making the most of that!

2015 is going to be busy, but amazing. I’m starting a new job, getting published, trying to fix my house (ongoing…maybe I should do a blog post on that so you can all see the sheer amount of chaos and work that’s going on!) and getting myself involved in a stackload of extra activities (hackspace, music and crafts to name three) in addition to the above. However, writing is my first love; I don’t think I’ll ever be able to stop doing it – even when the words won’t come out properly, they’re still in my head. I’ll always be a writer before I’m anything else, and I’ll keep posting here for you to see inside my head.

So: welcome to 2015! To all my readers; a belated Merry Christmas to everyone, a Happy New Year, and thank you for reading!

Author: kate

Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at writingandcoe.co.uk. When she's not working, she fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.