I haven't been writing a lot of articles recently. But that doesn't mean I haven't been writing! My attention for most of the last year has been on finishing the three WW1 books for Pen & Sword Books which I have now done, give or take a few last minute editor's queries and a proof read or two. Newport in the Great War is due for release at the end of January 2016, with the other two, Kidderminster, and Ludlow in the Great War due out soon after.
I had hoped to write a few articles about the process I went through to complete the books as well as other articles based on the research and the information I uncovered but I didn't want it to distract me from doing the books justice - next year I will be pitching like a writer possessed! Not only will I have three books to flog but I'll also have a WW2 book to research and write as well as my usual short stories. A writer's life is never dull!
I've also been taking stock this week, as I do towards the end of every year, where I am with my writing and where I want to be with it. I don't make any detailed or concrete plans at this stage, as life has a habit of throwing those plans in the bin - I just make a simple list of what I would like to write and then think about the how and when later.
It's good to think about our writing because it's easy to forget the highs when the rejections have been flooding in. Looking back and seeing our victories, however small, can be such a boost to our confidence. I was moaning the other day that I hadn't had many articles published this year until I realised there was a good reason for it. And, actually, I 'd had 12 (one a month) still published in my column in Writing Magazine. I'd also had several short stories published! So, in the grand scheme of things, I'd actually written and had published a lot more than I realised.
Have a look back through your writing year too - you're bound to find some forgotten gems in there. And, if there are not as many gems as you would have liked, have a think about what you can do next year to remedy this.
Here's almost goodbye to a very productive 2015 for me and you, and all the best for your writing in 2016. Do tell us how you got on and what you hope to achieve in 2016 and don't forget to think about how you're going to get there ...