In 2017, I wrote 146,000 words. Then, in 2018, I wrote an entirely different 146,000 words.
2019, however, I upped my game by twenty-thousand to arrive at a grand total of 166,000 words!
That’s across twenty-three poems, fifty blog posts, essays, reports, memoir, short stories, flash fiction, drabbles, fan fiction, and novel work.
I completed a novel in 2019 – the second in my trilogy – and I wrote a little towards book three. I wrote a children’s picture book. I finished off three fanfic works in progress that had been left abandoned for way too long, and wrote an entirely new fanfic from start to finish at a total of 28,000 words. That’s pretty much a novella.
I shared my children’s book with actual children at an event Liz Weir MBE was doing at the freshly opened Mo Mowlam Park, part of Libraries NI’s Big Summer Read. I read at events part of the Armagh Food & Cider Festival, Belfast Culture Day, and the C.S. Lewis Festival. And I facilitated a short story showcase at Books, Paper, Scissors.
I was one of the recipients of a Kit de Waal Flash Fiction Bursary for the 2019 Bridport Prize.
I won a Margaret Carey Scholarship to attend the 2019 annual SCBWI conference.
I had one poem published in a book, and four poems published in online journals.
I had two short stories published online, with one of them also due to come out in print format later this year.
As I look back on 2019, I could very easily focus on the fact that I didn’t get an agent or a publishing deal for my novel. But just look at all the things I did achieve! It wasn’t the most perfect writing year ever, but I think it might just be my best one yet.
I am feeling good for all that is ahead 🙂