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Three by Three: My Writing Plans for 2017

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I think I’m going to need a bigger ark… (Image by Prawny via Morguefile)

When my author friend Jessica Bell asked friends on Facebook the other day to summarise their creative intentions for 2017, my reply made me realise that this year I’m hoping everything will be coming in threes:

  • the first three novels in my Sophie Sayers Village Mystery series (one two drafted, started the third already, but much editing needed before publication)
  • the first three short chapter books in my new Teashop Twins series
  • three collections of short stories (to be written as palate-cleansers between the novels)
  • to make the third Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival the biggest and best year (Saturday 22nd April, folks – write it in your new diary now!)
  • I’m also adopting the classic writers’ habit of morning pages – three sides of A5 first thing on waking, to help me keep in touch with my subconscious and decide where I want to go next

And finally, I have one one-off ambition: to sustain a tidy, clean house that I don’t feel I have to apologise to visitors for. But on the other hand, the housework can wait. I can always just lower my standards some more.

Whatever your plans are for 2017, I wish you a happy, productive and peaceful one.

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Author:

Author of warm, witty and gently funny fiction and non-fiction, including the popular Sophie Sayers Village Mystery series, beginning with "Best Murder in Show", inspired by her life in an English Cotswold community, short stories and essays about country life. As Commissioning Editor for the Alliance of Independent Authors' Advice Centre, she writes guidebooks authors. She speaks at many literature festivals and writing events, and is part of BBC Radio Gloucestershire's monthly Book Club broadcast. She is founder and director of the free Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival which takes place in April, a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association, and an ambassador for children's reading charity Read for Good and the Type 1 diabetes charity JDRF.

7 thoughts on “Three by Three: My Writing Plans for 2017

  1. And here’s me, sweating over one piddly book! Also, I believe that household germs build character. Or something like that.

  2. Ever the optimist – wish you could pass me some over! Ever the pessimist, me … not through choice … just hoping I might complete Love You to theMoon by theendof the year … and that my new e-book covers sell some copies!

    1. I’m working on the basis that if I keep telling myself I’ll do it, and sharing my plan in public, I’m more likely to make it work! Maybe that’s worth a try for you… 😉

  3. Oh Debbie, never apologise for the state of your house – you have far better things to spend your time on! As long as you can (eventually) find what you’re looking for, and as long as no-one dies of food poisoning, there’s nothing to worry about.

    As for your “year of threes”, I wish plenty of power to your elbow – but for writing, not dusting!

    Best wishes from Susan

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