Although it’s the 2nd January 2013 and it’s a rather damp and grey morning compared to the beautiful sunshine we had yesterday, for me today actually feels like the true beginning of 2013. I love Christmas, all the festivities, the Christmas tree, decorations, the over-indulgence of good food and spending time with my family but in some ways I’m quite glad it’s all over and I can get back to work, not to mention eating a little healthier.

When I say work I mean writing work – articles, blog posts, my novels. I did work at my other job at NHS Direct on Christmas Eve evening and New Year’s Day (which probably explains why I feel like celebrating the start of the New Year today) but it’s writing where my heart is and what I want to fully concentrate on this year. With NHS Direct disbanding and the new 111 service taking over there’s a chance that I could be made redundant later in the year. Maybe that’s the push I need to go full time as a freelance writer. It’s a scary but exciting prospect.

So, I woke up this morning feeling motivated about getting on with writing and building on what I achieved with my writing and blogs during 2012. There’s a lot I want to do this year. I’ve not made New Year’s resolutions as such but I am going to set myself these goals:

  • Self-publish my novel, The Butterfly Storm
  • Launch Ketula’s Kitchen, a new blog all about food
  • Finish editing my children’s novel, Time Shifters, and decide what to do with it – self-publish or try and get an agent.
  • Regularly update my own blogs and make time to read other people’s
  • Find more freelance writing markets with the aim to be able to support myself solely as a writer by the end of the year.

Those are my aims and hopefully with hard work and perseverance they will be achievable. If only I could bottle the optimism, motivation and excitement I’m feeling about the year ahead as I’m writing this.

What are you hoping to achieve in 2013?

A New Beginning
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    • 4th January 2013 at 1:47 am

      Thanks Margaret – I thought I would aim high! It’s been a productive couple of days so far with lots of freelance writing work to do. I hope you have a successful 2013.

  • 5th January 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Hi Kate.

    It was really interesting reading this blog entry. You’ve got some great aspirations. I do hope you manage to fulfill your dream of becoming a full time writer. In fact reading this is inspirational to me – I would love to be as disciplined a writer as it sounds like you are!

    I have found, though, that since joining Twitter and having the encouragement of other authors, I’ve worked a lot more regularly on my writing. There’s so many distractions though, aren’t there but it’s good to have supportive friends and relatives encouraging you – espcially husbands! My husband is very supportive too and he’s going to help me self publish my novel this year.

    So who knows, later on this year we may be able to compare notes and see how far along the path to publication we are!

    • 6th January 2013 at 9:24 pm

      Thanks Elaine, I’m determined to build on the success I had with writing last year and see where that takes me. I do try to be disciplined but as you said there are always distractions. I find a deadline works pretty well though!

      I like your idea of comparing notes later on this year and seeing where we’re at – hopefully 2013 will be a very successful year for both of us!


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