Adventures with Scrivener

I have been on holidays since before Christmas, and of course had lots of writing goals, and of course achieved almost none of these.

But I did achieve a few things.

I purchased Scrivener. This software is designed for writers and I have found it to be an excellent planning tool and word processor. I have used the corkboard function to do some pretty exciting planning. I have started writing a children's picture book, which now almost has a first draft. This will be edited by my very talented and artistic friend Sarah - this is something we have wanted to do together for some time. I have also started planning a new novel - working title: The Glass Kaleidoscope. I am planning this is detail and plan to write the first draft for NaNo later in the year. This is going to be epic. Stay tuned.

I also joined Writers Victoria, which I am feeling pretty good about. I have started drafting an article that I might try to get published somewhere, I've been doing weekly writing prompts in my writer's diary and I have been extra active on Instagram (follow me @cayt_mirra_books). 

Also importantly, I have spent a vast amount of my holidays reading, which is arguably the most important job of a writer. I have finally finished the Obernewtyn Chronicles, after re-reading the whole series in anticipation of the final book. I smashed Rosie Waterland's memoir The Anti Cool Girl in 24 hours (you should all read this), and I am currently about half way through Tobias Wolff's memoir This Boy's Life. So I'm off to a good start on my Goodreads Reading Challenge - I've challenged myself to read 50 books this year! 

I am putting off finishing/redrafting my NaNoWriMo manuscript 'Reclassified' because it is so rough and it's really overwhelming. I am also putting off promoting The Blood Apothecary, but have made very small steps towards organising an official book launch. Details to come. 

I'm probably being too hard on myself. There are just so many things I want to get done. But if I just do one tiny thing each day, think how much I could achieve by the end of the year.

Wish me luck.