Thursday, 11 January 2018

Resolutions and 2017 Report

It's almost mid-January and I'm just getting around to posting a review of my writing year and to making resolutions. As usual they are pretty vague and extension to what I'm already doing in my writing: I want to write more, submit more and hopefully get published more.

In more detail: I have one poem to finish for my Scottish collection, then I will edit it and start seeking a publisher. I need probably another 10-15 poems for my Finnish collection to do the same. I still want a publisher for my first novel and hope to finish the rewriting of my second so I can look to editing it.

I also want to submit more work to magazines and journals. I have a routine in place for this, so that hopefully won't be too hard to keep up.

I'd also like to do some public performances this year. It's been a long time since I've read to an audience and while I loathe it and am not comfortable doing it, it's important when promoting your work, so I'd like to get back in the swing of it.

I'd like to consider getting back into teaching for next autumn. I'm not sure where or how, but there must be even a small audience out there interested in learning about creative writing in English here.

Stats Report for 2017

I didn't quite make my target of 100 rejections this year, but I submitted to 65 magazines and anthologies and made 12 book or chapter submissions to competitions or book publishers. I have also made 2 grant applications.

I have had 7 acceptances, 13 poems in total published. I also made the long-list for a first chapter competition. So that's 72 rejections for 2017.

On the writing side I have written 19 new poems and finished 9 poems that I had started in previous years. That is compared to 7 poems finished in total in 2016. I honestly think that's the most I've ever written in one year with 2003 just beating it with 25 poems.

I also added thousands of words to my second novel, though I didn't keep track of how many.

It looks good when you break it down and it's one of the reasons I have been keeping track of these little stats. It gives me a little boost for the upcoming year. 

How did 2017 work out for you? Do you have plans in place for new year. I often make a list using the 'I want to write . . .' prompt, so I can see what poems I have in mind to write and what I need to finish. 

Welcome to 2018, may it be a prosperous one, full of beautiful words and plot turns enough to keep us writing. 


  1. 3rd try at commenting... I like your prompt "what do I want to write" - This made me realize what I have learned in 2017 - that I need to have a project lined-up, one I really want to work on, in order to have the discipline to follow through and complete work - instead of ruminate on it. Thanks for that help with insight.

  2. I'm glad it helped. I use that prompt quite often when I feel unfocussed.