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2020: The Year Ahead

Goodbye 2019 and hello 2020. The start of a new year, and, a new decade. I don’t know about you, and I’m probably showing my age here, but somewhere in my head, I still feel like it’s 1989!

So, what’s in store for 2020?

My word for 2020

After not being able to settle on a word in 2019, my 2020 word came to me almost instantly.


In 2019 I became a published author, and in 2020 I want to keep that momentum going. Momentum in my writing and publishing. Momentum to keep me moving forward. You can see why it’s fitting, right?

My goals for 2020

Although I’m firm on my word for the year, my goals are still a little hazy at the moment.

My main goal is to continue writing and continue publishing, but what that looks like as a plan is still forming in my head.

I’ve done a lot of thinking over the past couple of weeks reassessing the books I had envisioned for 2020, which is why I’m going to be quite vague in this post until I have sorted through things. So, here goes…

Goal 1: Finish the edits for A Town Called Chance (contemporary drama) and prepare for publication in 2020

Goal 2: Finish writing and editing chick-lit book 1, and prepare for publication in 2020.

Goal 3: Finish the first draft of my next contemporary drama novel, working title: The Divorce.

As you can see, it’s pretty vague. Goals 1 and 3 are fairly firm, but it’s the chick-lit that is throwing me a curveball right now.

For those who’ve been following me, you’ll know I’ve been working on a 3-book chick-lit series staring two main characters; Demi and Anna. I am almost finished another redraft of book one, and I completed (almost) draft 1 of book two during NaNoWriMo in November. But both drafts have been bugging me. Not a nagging feeling of self-doubt that they are not good enough, but a more informed unsettling that the series isn’t working.

The more you write, the more you know when things aren’t working!

But I’ve spent a lot of time and words on these two books so far that it’s hard to face the fact that they might not amount to anything.

On the other hand, I have a half-finished chick-lit standalone that just won’t stop popping its head up like a meerkat in my brain! It’s got potential. Real potential.

I just need to figure out whether it’s just ‘shiny-new-object’ syndrome distracting me from the hard yards of editing, or if it’s the one I should be focusing on.

Confused yet? Welcome to my world!

What I do know, is that I will work it out. I have to. I need the momentum to continue. So I have to work it out. I’ll let you know when I do.

Do you have a word for 2020, or any goals?

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