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Status update…

Half way through the year is the perfect time to reassess your goals, achievements and resolutions, says Lynne Hackles

Remember those New Year writing resolutions you made? How are they shaping up? Half way through the year is a good time to check up on their health.

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Paul Magrs: ‘Don’t waste time comparing your own career with anyone else’s. Writing isn’t a competitive sport. Keep a journal. Everything goes back to your journals. Look after them. Also, draw – to give you a break from words.’

Which ones have gone wrong? Have some fallen by the wayside or any reached fruition? Which do you hope to complete before the end of this year and are they on target to do so? I asked several writers what their experiences have been.

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Now this one’s easy, isn’t it? We probably all decide on the final night of each year that we’ll produce more work in the coming twelve months. But how many of us do?

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