Every year, I write a post about my writing and personal progress over the past twelve months and look forward to next year’s goals and challenges.

For this New Year’s Day, I’m going to look at some awesome things that happened in 2014 and pair them up with where I’m taking them in 2015.

In 2014, I became a published author

I can’t shout about this enough, because it fills me with a giddy joy that I’ve longed for since I was a child. It’s been a very steep learning curve, but the process of taking a raw manuscript and making it into a novel with the help of my fantastic editor Deb Nemeth and the rest of the Carina Press team has had such a profound influence on my writing. And then seeing my books out in the world, receiving praise and reviews – even the gut-wrenching negative ones – has been amazing. People have read my words! They paid money to buy them and then they told other people to buy them!

In 2015, I will write more books and send them into the world.
I am writing more Amy Lane, because I have many more stories to tell for those Cardiff friends of mine. I’m hoping to share more news about Book #3 soon, and a short story – #2.5 Car Hacker – will be released in February, via The Amy Lane Mysteries mailing list.

I’m also writing The Deaths of Miss Gray, which I started for NaNoWriMo 2014. When it’s fully baked, I intend to polish it up and send out to some literary agents later this year. I hope I’ve learned my lessons from my last round of querying – rejection is encouragement, after all. I’ve ready for another bout in the ring, but my novel isn’t quite there yet.

In 2014, I wrote a script.
Now, this doesn’t sound like much at all. In fact, it sounds like something I first accomplished in 2010 and what I should be doing every few months.

However, I note this script because it is my first feature-length script to enter pre-production. After many, many months of work in development with indie producer Nicholas John of Changeling Films, we are ready to take our next brave step.

In 2015, my first feature film will start production.
My optimism may be ill-founded by I have all my fingers and toes crossed that we can gather momentum behind out film. If we don’t quite make it to production, I would like to be significantly further down the road to making this film a reality. Watch out for updates on Doormats and Jezebels!

In 2014, I co-founded #psywrite

With the peerless Vicky Newham, I started a monthly Twitter chat about mental health and psychology in writing fiction. It was aimed at combating stigma in the writing community by promoting the accurate and sensitive portrayal of mental health problems and psychological understanding of characters and plot, an endeavour I started with my Freudian Script series in 2012.

In 2015, I will keep fighting to end mental health stigma.
We are a lot further down the road to a public understanding of mental health problems and social acceptance that these crippling diseases need equal precedence in our consciousness to physical health issues. I will continue #psywrite and Freudian Script, I will answer your questions on Twitter and Facebook, and I will keep writing about characters with mental health problems.

In 2015, what will you do?


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