July Writing Wrap Up

This year I have decided to break my goal setting and review down to months to make my goals easier bite sized pieces. I’m using this as a record for myself to see what I have achieved throughout the year and to keep myself accountable for set goals.

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There were highs and lows for July. It did suck a bit as predicted because I was knee deep in first round edits. But I submitted the first three chapters of ‘Killing Heidi Sinclair’ to The Richell Prize early in the month and then kept on with editing the rest of the manuscript.

I find this the worst because even when finishing the edits I know I need to do more. But while it did suck it was one of the hard tasks that when you are finished it feels good. What it means now is I can put ‘Killing Heidi Sinclair’ aside for a bit while I get some beta readers for it. I hope to have at least three people reading it by mid August.

But in exciting news I also got to do something really fun in July which was to host the Romance Writers of Australia (RWA) first Critique Matchmakers night. I only recently joined the RWA as a member and within a week of joining saw the call for a volunteer to host the Matchmakers night.

Criteria required was:

  • Friendly – Tick
  • Articulate – Tick
  • Punctual – Tick
  • Supportive of the core values and goals of RWA – Tick
  • Computer-savvy – Ummm, how hard can it be?

Turns out a bit hard, not a lot hard, but a bit.

However, I feel like this has turned out to be one of those serendipitous moments when you put your hand up for something on a whim and it turns out to be a good fit. Through volunteering for this I have met the some lovely people working in the RWA and I get to meet eight writers every month looking for their critique partner.

So while first time round had its difficulties I think once a few wrinkles ironed out it will turn into a really good event for romance writers around Australia.

I had planned on doing some ‘writing business stuff’ like planning for the second half of the year, social media and website updates but July school holidays were in there. I do like to switch off from work and concentrate on having a bit of fun with the kids in the school holidays but I did manage to sneak bit of planning in here and there.

And last, I did email the publisher who was keen at the start of the year to see where they were at. I don’t know why I’ve been putting this off. Scared. Yup that’s it actually, I was too scared in case they said, “I’m sorry, who?” Still might be the case yet! But regardless, an email has been sent.

What’s happening with you? Have you kicked any goals lately? Let me know!

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