2013: My Writing Year In Retrospect

Hello gentle reader,

This is the last day of the year and time for a look back at 2013…

What I read:

I read 28 novels this year. You can find out which ones were my favourite here.

What I wrote:

I wrote a 70,000 word Historical Fantasy novel this year. It’s called LILY IN THE SHADOWS and you can read about it here. Hopefully one day soon you’ll be able to read the actual book too 😉

Where I went:

I attended two writers’ conferences this year:

SCBWI Europolitan Conference (Paris, France, March 2013) where I learnt so much and got such useful feedback on Lily.

Midwest Writer Workshop (Muncie, Indiana, USA, July 2013) where I went with my wonderful Critique Partner Jessica Rubinkowski and where lots of fun was had.

What happened on this blog:

According to WordPress.com, this blog was viewed about 24,000 times in 2013. My most popular post remains (just like in 2012) “Word count : is your Fantasy novel too long ?

What I watched:

I watched 32 new releases in 2013. It’s very hard to choose my favourite film of the year, but I’ll recommend Les Misérables, The Great Gatsby, Much Ado About Nothing, Saving Mr. Banks and The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.

What I’m thankful for:

You, gentle readers who keep reading my posts, entering my giveaways, leaving nice comments and sharing my words.

The writing community, so supportive and enthusiastic, always.

What’s next?

2013 was a great writing year for me, so I hope for more of the same in 2014: more books, more conferences, more writerly friendships, more inspiration and more blogging!

How was your year? Did you achieve your writerly goals? Make sure to share your thoughts below!

Happy New Year and see you in 2014!


7 thoughts on “2013: My Writing Year In Retrospect

  1. Miss Cole says:

    Sounds like a very busy and fun-packed year for you. Have an amazing new year 😀

  2. Happy New Year EM. Hope you have a safe and productive 2014.

  3. Happy New Year! Sounds like you’ve had a hugely productive year – and a lot of fun too. Can’t wait to hear more about Lily too!

  4. beckireads says:

    Happy New Year! It sounds like you had a brilliant 2013. Congratulations on finishing Lily in the Shadows! I hope 2014 is just as good a year for you.

  5. EM Castellan says:

    Thanks for stopping by, Becki! I hope you have a great year as well!

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