"12 Months Revisiting Childhood Dreams!" (the 2015 Writing REVIEW!)
At the beginning of each year when I face down the new scribble year to come, I try to reflect on the previous 12 months of my writing – the highs, the lows and generally just celebrate the fact that I’m still alive and kicking as an amateur author(!) So here we go with the rundown of the last year in my writing life…
Back in JANUARY 2015, apart from reviewing the year that was 2014, I began with exploring my growing scribble interest in scriptwriting, making new contacts and looking at TV and film that I adore as examples of good scripts (more on this script quest next month, in my 2016 preview!). I also prepared submissions to New Writing North’s Writers Awards – entering my short story The Archenemy and part of my first adventure novel. I didn’t win awards for either(!) but the experience of preparing the submissions was a useful one. It was to eventually prove to be a year of thinking up titles for various things and my blog here underwent a title change, becoming Scribbling a Life Creative with C.G.Allan as I realised that mostly I post here about my writing habit but also from time to time blog about my other creative pastimes too!
Dashing faster than a speeding bullet into APRIL 2015, I made another sudden pit stop “On the Road to Publishville” to report on my efforts of getting published, this time talking about my techniques carrying out a fourth and final draft of my first adventure book and also the trials and tribulations of coming up with a name for the novel (it’s had half a dozen so far!) – a struggle that I’m still grappling with into 2016… April just happens to be the month that my novel is set in, around the time of Earth Day (the 22nd), and so when that celebration rolls round each year, it spurs me on to keep on striving with that first full-length story of mine, and generally keep on keeping on until I get it published.