As well as my regular musings here, I actually keep a proper day by day written diary. The prose within is far from scintillating, as I write it last thing before bed and I tend to be damn tired, but the main purpose of it is to see what I did that day the year before (and the year before that and so on). I had physiotherapy a few years back and it was the physio who gave me the idea, he said it is fascinating to look back and absolutely he was right.
I was flicking through last year’s this week and for my entry for December the 29th, 2016, I’d written about my wife going out to visit her auntie and me staying behind to do some writing. Then I made a New Year’s Resolution – although one I don’t consciously remember making – I wrote: “I know I haven’t managed to finish anything in years, but next year I want to finish something I’m proud of.”
It is quite lovely to look back at New Year’s Resolutions and find that you’ve accomplished them and then some.
In 2017 I have written two novels (one of which is being edited right now), four novellas (the first of which, DEATH AT THE SEASIDE, is out in a few weeks) and numerous short stories. All of which I’m immensely proud of.
What’s more I discovered the indie author community and how it’s possible to make a living through one’s writing in the internet age. I’ve spent my year learning and learning (and I should give thanks here to Joanna Penn, Bryan Cohen, Jim Kukrel, Patty Jansen, Michael Cooper, E.J. Stevens, Jeff Goins for their podcasts/books/combination of the two). Finding out about marketing, business and all the things you have to know and do to succeed.
It’s going to be a lot of work and a long journey, but from someone who was just dipping in and out of writing, I’ve become a man who has a system which allows him to be incredibly productive, and have opened myself up to concept of being a businessman as well as a author.
So my New Year’s ambition for 2017 has been most definitely achieved.
And my ambition for 2018?
I want to make my writing business – the editing, the cover design, the marketing – all pay for itself. That’s the goal. I want my incomings to be higher than my outgoings and even if it’s only by five pounds, that will make me happy for 2018.
Eventually of course I want to make a living out of this, but for now, its small steps and hopefully achievable ones.
Happy New Year, Everybody!
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