Some Resolutions (Happy New Year 2016!)

Dear readers,

A very happy new year to you all! I hope you have a healthy and successful year ahead. 2015 has been bittersweet but thinking back, there have been some truly happy, warm and wonderful moments. Here’s to hoping that this year brings even more moments like that for us all.

Now, no one really sets goals this time of year, but I thought I’d do something different. So here goes…

(That was sarcasm, just to clarify. Let’s jump on the bandwagon of tradition and set some resolutions!)

Writing Resolutions

  • Write a little bit every day.

I’ve tried (and failed) to do this before, but this year I’ve got a plan: I’ll write anything, anything, be it six-word stories, first lines, last lines, bad jokes, or shopping lists. I’ll be happy if I spend even five minutes a day writing something I don’t have to for the next 365 days.

  • Make a list of and participate in writing competitions.
  • Send work off to be published:
    • Write, edit and finalise short stories/poetry
    • Get subscriptions to magazines/journals
    • Send, send, send (maybe once a month?)

I want to take decisive steps towards being a published author this year. The first step (apart from actually writing) seems to be sending my writing to different journals and magazines, whether they’re in print or digital. Let me know if you know any good magazines to publish short fiction!

  • Read the writing-related books, articles and guides I’ve got saved.

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‘Nuff said.

Not only are my bookmarks filled with links I’ve saved, but my dad has also sent me loads of helpful articles. I’m planning to read a few every weekend, or maybe one a day at least. Baby steps…

  • Have at least one short story finished per month.

I won’t set my goals too high. I’ll be honest: I’ve never kept my resolutions (that I know of). I plan to change this (as always), but I figured I’ll start small.

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Dear readers,

I wish you a very happy new year, and hope 2015 is a happy, healthy and successful year for you all. I saw a wonderful quote on the internet recently, pointing out that today is the first blank page of a 365 page book. I hope the pages of your book are filled with beautiful words, pictures and experiences throughout the year, and that it turns out to be everything you dreamed of as the clock chimed midnight on January 31st.

I would also like to say a big thank you for those who have read, commented or followed my blog; a writer wouldn’t be much without readers. Once again, I hope you all have a happy new year ~ and get writing!

Stroke of Midnight: Welcoming 2014

IMG_1092Happy new year!

When the clock struck midnight last night, fireworks lit up the sky as far as the eye could see. The whole horizon was lit up. My family and I stood on our balcony, wonderstruck, our toes freezing, watching fireworks erupting in every direction we turned. It felt like we were watching the whole world celebrating.

Now that January 2014 has arrived, it has brought new chances and possibilities with it. As I look ahead, I can see numerous goals I can set myself: read more books, finish my novel, write more on my blog, and many more. I also see some challenges: my final exams (gulp), finishing my novel, my first year of university… Of course, I hope that I will achieve the goals I set myself, and that I will overcome the challenges successfully. But most of all, I hope to have the courage to face the challenges and to not only overcome them, but also to learn from them.

As we enter this new year, I wish you good luck on your journey to achieve your own goals and dreams, and also hope that, amidst all your work, you take the time to do things that make you happy. I hope that 2014 is as bright as the fireworks that lit up the sky last night, and that everyone has a wonderful, successful and happy new year.

I would also like to say a quick thank you to the people who like or comment on my posts and have followed my blog. Even though I don’t always get the chance to thank you individually, it means a lot to me that you take your time to take a look at my blog, and it encourages me to write regularly. Thank you so much!