For most of last year I did a monthly round up of things that had happened. I won’t be doing that for 2015, but I do plan to summarise my progress every now and then. Here’s what I managed to do last year.
In vague order of achievement, in 2014 I:
- Heavily redrafted a novel, to the point that I was actually, finally, happy with it
- Wrote 2 treatments for feature screenplays
- Attended the Edinburgh International Film Festival as a delegate and made some new friends
- Wrote for a CBBC comedy show – amazing and fun
- Worked at the Book Festival – also great fun
- Attended a one of comedy improvising class – which was eye opening and led to me doing the next thing on the list…
- Attended a regular actors training class
- Wrote a YA novel
- Mapped out a children’s novel
- Moved flat and made a room into my dedicated office and writing space
- Went on holiday to London and Brighton to see friends
- Acted in a feature film (!)
- Have worked with numerous freelance clients on some lovely online projects
- Took up running, and have managed to train my asthmatic lungs up to enjoy it (if you’re unfit or asthmatic like me but fancy running I completely recommend the NHS Couch to 5k podcast)
- Read 67 books – this might sound like a lot but I didn’t feel like I read enough. I’m still not reading as much as I used to, but I want to read more so that’s a step in the right direction
That all sounds like sunshine and roses, but it’s been hard, of course.
There have been times when I’ve been so weighed down by grief and sadness that it’s been hard to move. There have been real money worries, which I need to address in 2015 (the problem with working part time). There have been knockbacks, setbacks, rejections. I’ve had massive crisis of self-confidence in my writing (oh, to have high self esteem, eh?) which even resulted in me applying for a boring full time job that I didn’t want, before changing my mind.
Whatever the downsides, the upsides have been worth it and I go into 2015 a much happier, lighter person than I went into 2014.
Now I just need to make some plans for the coming months, and really get down to business.
How was your 2014?