No, I’m not going on a Dry January, Dear Reader. Undoubtedly, it would clear my head in the evening for writing, but you can take things too far. Readers who have taken a look at my About page will see that, in December 2012, I vowed to complete The Novel and get one of my stories between the covers of a womag by the end of 2013. Oh dear, oh dear. I’ve failed, Dear Reader, I’ve failed. So here we go again.
- I will prepare to rewrite The Novel. More historical research is needed and I can work on that. Baby steps, Dear Reader, baby steps. If other conditions are right, I might do it as a NaNoWriMo. I will then write a synopsis for The Novel, because, if it does not work in its synopsis, it won’t work at all. After that, I will plan The Novel chapter by chapter – Denise, I wonder if you’ll pick this up through Facebook? (Years ago, when I first wrote it, Denise was my novel-writing buddy and she was shocked that I didn’t plan at all.)
- I will improve my description skills, by practising describing everything.
- I will read, and review, more historical novels. What’s the point of having a history degree, Dear Reader, if you don’t use it? (Yes, I know I haven’t used it at all since achieving it in 1976.)
- I will read and analyse more womag stories. Fact: all successful womag writers buy, read and enjoy magazine stories every month.
- I will cure myself of my addiction to crime (fiction… you knew what I meant, DR ).
- I shall stop eating sweet things, especially dried fruit in the cupboard. It’s a pity that those delicious dried Lerida figs are on the same shelf as the tea caddy!
- I will drink more water and squash. Good for complexion and general health.
- I will exercise more. Mm… lack of detail here.
In the mean time, I have to work to earn my crust, so may be I’m allowed to read… just a little bit… more crime fiction.