Writing Journey in 2017 (Goodbye 2017 – Looking Back #3)

The start of 2017 was hopeful. I had decided my Word for the Year is going to Focus and chosen a few things to focus on too, like where I expected my writing journey to take me this year.

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At the beginning of the year, I hoped the year would be kind. While some parts were, the year was mostly a forgettable one. I was talking about it to a friend, and I really don’t remember much of it except for two trips, and a few meetings with friends. I thought, as the year dwindles down, it’s the right time to retrospect on those focus areas.

Focus: Expectations from the Writing Journey in 2017

I’ve been part of two short story anthologies so far, and I don’t want it to end at two. Hopefully, 2017 brings an opportunity to be part of few more anthologies, and perhaps, I’ll take it a step further and publish an eBook of my own as well. I was focused on it last year, and I want to keep that focus in 2017 too. Compared to 2014 and 2015, I couldn’t blog as much as I wanted to. More importantly, I couldn’t read what my other blogger friends wrote. I hope that even if I’m blogging less in 2017, I read other bloggers, and they read and comment on what I write too. I hope to blog at least twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. And want to do a daily blogging challenge at least twice during this year. One is April A to Z, the other, we’ll see as and when it comes. I rekindled a prompt blog I had started. I wish 2017 brings better tidings for it. It’s called A Week for Writing. Every Sunday, I will give a prompt there, a topic which a blogger can write on in their blog, and share their post link, and read others who posted about that topic. The first prompt of the year is WHIMSY.

How the year actually went:

I don’t know why, this year started out on a lazy note. Just three posts in the first three months, when I wanted to write something twice a week and keep to that writing calendar. I did break the chains and write more regularly in the second half of the year, so that’s the silver lining to this otherwise forgettable year of writing. Also, I did read other bloggers more this year, and found some new blogging buddies too.

Another unfortunate result of this writing block was that I couldn’t write a story or poem for the anthology series I had been selected for in the previous two years. Hoping that 2018 does bring about an opportunity for that anthology and also that eBook/book. The prompt blog didn’t work out. No one wrote for it. I think it’s okay.

So moving on and looking forward to 2018, this is what I hope to achieve in the year…

  • 8 posts each month at least. Something I love writing. And hopefully, I continue reading and sharing others’ posts as well.
  • Complete April A to Z challenge. I missed doing so by 11 posts in 2017, though it was due to unavoidable reasons.
  • Be published in an anthology, or take that step I’ve been meaning to since long now… publish a book myself.
  • Do more photography posts, and attempt FMSPAD challenge at least once in the year.
  • Write at least 4 book reviews each month

(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason,
23rd December, 2017)

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Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

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