In the fuggy aftermath of a thoroughly enjoyable Christmas Day when, for a few hours, we successfully managed to banish all thoughts of the craziness going on around us, my blurry waking thoughts centred around my top 5 New Year Writing Resolutions.  Look out 2021, here I come!

  1. I will come out of the 31st December 2020 starting blocks with the bit between my teeth, fuelled with inspiration.  2020 has been a pretty good right off for us all.  None of us will be sad to leave it in our wake.
  2. I will get Just Say It into print. I had a ‘near-miss’ in 2020.  No more ‘near-misses’ in 2021!
  3. I will finish writing  The Secret Lives of The Doyenne of Didsbrook, am tantalisingly close to revealing whodunnit.
  4. I will write with more of an edge.  Think I’ve, probably, nailed quirky.
  5. I will read more! I will make time to devour other people’s words of wisdom.

Two years ago, I blogged about Jean E. Pendziwol and her book, Seven Ways To Become A Better Writer, and her message is clear.

“There is an alarming trend among young, aspiring authors who have little desire or inclination to read. Reading is the foundation of writing.  You cannot cook without eating.  You cannot live without breathing.  And you cannot write without reading.”

Well, I think we all know that I am not young, but I am aspiring and, the more fixated I become about getting into print, I should be allowing myself more time to read.

Jean’s 7 top tips to becoming a better writer are:

  • Read
  • Write
  • Learn
  • Persist
  • Professionalise
  • Be you

Sound advice.

I have a leaning Tower of Pizza of stacked books, which I have put aside to read but think I might start the 2021 reading extravaganza with one the two books I have received as 2020 Christmas presents, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, and Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.


2021 is the time to get jiggy with it. 😏