As I write this my puppy is attacking my head, but I won’t let it put me off! Wednesday’s are going to be my blog posting day and that means getting started!

I’m kicking off 2017, and coincidentally, my blog, with a post about resolutions and getting the New Year off to the right start.

I’ve been a little bit of a chicken and haven’t made any real resolutions, apart from giving more time to writing and getting some things published. I decided against the usual ‘must lose the holiday weight, must drink less, eat more fruit’ etc. etc. Not only are they so incredibly boring, but to be honest, that’s most of my year, anyway!

So, I’ve decided to do something a little different. I’ve resolved that every month I’ll have a look at the calls for submissions and get writing. If I don’t get accepted I’ve got some work to try and publish elsewhere and if it is, I actually achieve one of my ambitions. It’s a bit of a win-win, which to me seems like the perfect type of resolution.

I’m currently working on a new murder mystery short story for submission to an anthology. It’s great inspiration and though the deadline is tight, it’s good to have for keeping me focussed!

My brain has already started doing that weird thing it does where I wake up in the middle of the night hearing the characters conversations in my head. I can see them on their little stage and now I want to get to my laptop and write down everything I see and hear. Those little blighters are already real and begging me to tell their story!

I won’t give too much away here about the plot, but I’m trying to write in third person omniscient, and it’s a real challenge. I’m much more used to third person limited. I’ve done a fair bit of research on it and found lots of helpful articles but sometimes the advice online can be completely overwhelming. At the moment I’m just writing that word-vomit first draft and will concentrate on it point of view in the first edit.

Like I said though, the deadline’s tight so I’m going to have to work hard, which isn’t a bad start to the New Year.