It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and I am certainly starting to feel the festive spirit now with only 8 more sleeps ‘til Christmas Day. I love everything about Christmas, from the time spent with the family and the enhanced community spirit to the numerous mince pies and brandy sauce that will be consumed! It is the one time of the year that I set aside to really switch off and enjoy my relaxation time with friends and family, and I’m so excited to embrace all the festive cheer I can lay my hands on after what has been a rollercoaster year (metaphorically and literally – there was a trip to Disneyworld and Universal Studios, after all…)!
2018 has had its challenges, but from a writing point of view it has been a real success. It started strong with a very educational and rewarding stint in the development team of an independent production company, and from then on has gone from strength to strength. Three of my feature scripts have gained significant traction this year, including my first option agreement and a script request from an established, LA-based production company. I have seen my words published for the first time in The Singularity 50 (still available for a great, last-minute Christmas present from Amazon – just saying…) and have achieved something I have never achieved before in my life – namely, completing the first draft of a full fantasy novel. It’s been a real slog, and there is still a long way to go on every front before I can actually claim to have a sustainable writing career, but these are significant steps in the right direction. Another significant victory has been the impact that this blog has had on my new projects as well. When I first started The Writing Journal to set myself weekly writing goals, it was little more than an experiment to see if it actually did make a difference to my weekly writing output. Having helped me to complete first drafts for both a feature-screenplay and a novel manuscript, I am delighted to have not only reached my end of year goals in plenty of time, but to have also found a new tool that I can call upon in the future when I need that little extra motivation. Writing on spec is a motivational nightmare at times, especially when you’ve been doing it for a number of years like I have. Now I feel far more confident with a new approach that will hopefully carry me through until there’s someone far more exciting setting me deadlines and targets in the years to come…
This has been the most promising year for my writing career to date, and I could not be more excited. 2019 already has some exciting things lined up, and with two first drafts to refine and edit, I have more hope and confidence in my writing than I have ever had before. For now though, it’s time to take a breath and enjoy the holidays. Thank you to everyone who has read and supported The Writing Journal and Script & Polish this year, and I look forward to reconnecting with you all in 2019.