Sarah Ann Hall

Reporting on writing in progress or, more probably, not; practising flash fiction.


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When I blogged in January, for the first time in 18-months, I didn’t have huge ambition for the coming year. I wanted to get back to writing and I needed to plan and organise. This was helped by a fellow blogger, Erin Leary, who commented on that initial post and suggested we become accountability partners. The concept was new to me, but made perfect sense for two people with a number of ongoing projects. As accountability partners we would report to each other, keep each other on task, support and maybe chivvy a little. This idea focused my energies and I listed what I wanted to achieve during the year. I then ordered projects in terms how long I estimated each would take to complete, and the ease with which it could be completed. The combination of these two factors enabled prioritisation. The last task, and the one I have still to complete, is to set deadlines by which each job should be completed. There are 8 things I hoped to achieve during the year, which I share with you below, along with my progress 6 weeks later. After all, the more people to keep me on task, the merrier.

Task & Priority   Ease of completion   Progress 6 weeks later (end of Feb)
1. Keep up with blog   Variable on time allowing/ having anything to say. Hopefully on the easy side.   Not great.I’ve not posted as often as I would have liked.
2. Read 85k word novel and decide whether to pitch or ditch.   Easy and relatively quick if I decide to ditch.

Time commitment if I’m going to pitch and it needs editing.

Time commitment if start sending to agents.

  I have allocated the week of 13-17th March to do the read through. I’m away from home and will have the head space.
3. Edit diaries of living and travelling on a narrow boat and self-publish.   Hard. A lot of editing and additional writing to be done. Self-publishing is new. Large time commitment and learning new skill.   No progress
4. NANOWRIMO story from 2014. Work up 51k words into a novel.   Medium. Big time commitment.

Hopefully enjoyable to do.

  No progress

4. Write short stories to go with friend Jan’s paintings/ prints/ illustrations.


  Relatively easy if I come up with any ideas.

Enjoyable. Able to do between other things as shorter time commitment.

  I have drafted one short story and am looking at the other pictures chosen. I need to re-visit the project with Jan to see if she wants to paint to my words.


4. Continue with novel-length abuse story started 2014.


  Medium. Need time and space to pick this up again. Has a beginning but needs a middle and an end.   No progress
7. Short stories for competitions   Quite hard. Time commitment to look for competitions and then write themed stories to deadlines.   One short story submitted. No other competitions identified to enter.
8. Friday Fictioneer stories   Easy to do if have nothing else on. Requires time and concentration. Can be addictive so need to limit or will get caught up and carried away to the detriment of other things.   No progress. I wrote a story to one prompt, which I was pleased to have achieved, but didn’t manage to post it.


Priorities for the next fortnight (as before): work on men-on-bench story; get into a routine of blog reading and writing; start short story based on picture of a hare.

Ongoing projects successfully met: I have finished a crochet project (see below); I am bouncing Italian possessive adjectives around in my head; piano scales have been practised and an old piece rehearsed.

Fails (as before): blog reading has not increased.




Written by Sarah Ann

February 27, 2017 at 1:29 pm

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  1. Ha.. It’s good to have you around again Sarah… myself I write small things every day instead of doing something quite as big as a novel… Personally I enjoy to write in the real life writing group (short stories… 4-6k) which is manageable…

    Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    February 27, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    • Thanks Björn. I am following up on your suggestion of a writing group and trying to find one locally. My endeavours, and success or failure, will form a future post.

      Sarah Ann

      February 27, 2017 at 9:10 pm

      • I actually joined a course in creative writing… 🙂

        Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

        February 27, 2017 at 9:11 pm

      • And the group formed after? Fellow students wanting to stay in touch, share work and comment?

        Sarah Ann

        February 27, 2017 at 9:15 pm

      • Exactly.. our teacher formed an alumni and we wrote a collection of short stories together… we are just finishing the second.

        Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

        February 27, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      • I tried a couple of short creative writing courses last year. One was no good and I finished early, but the other had good energy and a group of us exchanged email addresses. Unfortunately no messages were ever sent.

        Sarah Ann

        February 27, 2017 at 9:37 pm

  2. Humm…. sounds like my accomplishments or lack there of. I try to give myself deadlines but . . . Well . . . I’ve tried. Best of luck to you.


    March 1, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    • Yes, definitely a lack of accomplishments . I keep telling myself I must do better. Thanks for the best wishes and good luck meeting your deadlines 🙂

      Sarah Ann

      March 1, 2017 at 9:25 pm

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