Wednesday, January 2, 2013

#IWSG: My first year back as a fiction writer


I am closing in on my first year of fiction writing. I had set no goals for the year and wasn't sure how much actual writing I would do. Looking back, I consider it a fairly productive year.

I wrote and eventually published as compilations, sixty flash fictions. These ranged from micro-stories to contest entries to five sentence fictions and the A-Z Challenge in April. "A to Z in 10 by 10", "A Flash of Fantasy" and "Ten Tales of Five".

I had one piece of flash fiction published in a print book, an anthology. "I am Woman: Vol I"

I won second place in a fantasy blog hop with another piece of flash fiction.

I wrote and published two short stories, "Lost and Found" and "Tagged".

I participated in my first ever NaNoWriMo challenges - Camp NaNo in August and NaNo in November. I won both events and was fortunate to be able to complete the books and publish them at both Amazon and Smashwords. "Home Again": Amazon  Smashwords   and   "Not a Whisper": Amazon  Smashwords

What does this all have to do with my monthly Insecure Writer's Support Group post? Well, now I wonder if I can continue at this pace or if I need to slow down. Since August I have had to slow down on all my social media sites (Twitter, LinkedIn, Triberr, Goodreads, Pinterest, Facebook and more).That's not good since marketing is important to the success of my books. If people don't hear about them, they can't buy them.

I also have quit reading books. I've found that I can't read when I am writing and have a hard time devoting time to writing if I'm reading. Strange...

I do have plans for several more books. I have a romance trilogy that is barely started and two more mysteries for my Klondike series.

Then factor in the many (too many) blogs I maintain, travel time, vacation time (going on a 7 day cruise next week), motorcycle time (SUPER important), hubby time, etc.

I thought I was retired and would have so much free time. What happened?


  1. Wonderful post! Congratulations on all your successes! It sounds like they are well deserved with all the hard work you've done! This is a very inspiring post about the success that happens when you put in the work.
    However, I wouldn't survive if I couldn't read . . .I breathe books . . . and marketing is important. However, if you have more you're ready to write, I can understand your dilemma.
    Best wishes for your writing, your fun adventures with your hubby, and life this next year!!!

  2. Hi Tyrean and welcome to my blog. Thanks for taking time to comment, it has been a busy year. Hopefully I can squeeze in everything I want in 2013. LOL!

  3. Sounds like you jumped into the retirement saddle, shouted "Giddi-up" before you got a good grip and now have a foot stuck in a stirrup.

    Happy Trails, anyway... just more fodder for the fantastic Froggi fiction factory.


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