My Year in Writing 2016 – Here’s What I Wrote

my year in writing 2016

This post is dedicated to my year in writing 2016. I have to say, this was a great year for me, especially my personal writing. In fact, I’m a little bit blown away by the amount of writing I have completed. I’ve always dreamed of being a writer but never got around to giving this dream priority.

Oldcastle Writers – My Motivation

At the end of March 2016, together with a group of writer friends, Oldcastle Writers Group was launched, and with it came the focus and motivation I needed to remind me of my love of writing. I owe a lot of my writing accomplishments of 2016 to my amazing writer friends in this group.

My Year in Writing 2016 – Compiling My List

I began compiling a list of everything I’d written during 2016 in the back of my page a day diary. This is the book that keeps me on track during the year. Each day I fill out me to do list and mark things off as they’re completed. It’s mostly for work, though. At the back of the diary is a couple of notes pages so I decided to use on of them to list my writing. Imagine, my surprise when I completed two full pages and some of page three. I hadn’t realised I’d written so much this year including my first novella due for publication in late January 2017. I’m also halfway through writing my second novel which I hope to have finished in March with publication in summer 2017.

A Change in Mindset and Remembering What I Love

All this was only made possible because I changed my focus and gave my writing the attention it deserved. I now devote 30 minutes to writing every morning before I do anything else. It has worked and I look forward to it every day. Prior to this I always promised myself I would write when I had time, or once I’d finished my work. It never happened. Now I write because I want to and because I now realise how important it is to me and how much I love the feeling that comes with it.

With all that said, here’s my list of all the things I’ve written during 2016.


Finding Forever – novella (due to be published in January 2017)
Save My Soul – novel in progress (due for publication in summer 2017)

Short Stories

Escape from darkness – short story
Mermaids can’t run – short story
The curse of Johnny Murphy – short story (available to read in 3 parts on my blog)
The Banshee’s Wail – short story
Mistletoe Magic – short story (available to read free on Wattpad)
My Black Beauty – short story (published)
The Wedding Clock – short story
On My Knees, I Give Myself – 100-word short story
Not One But Five – 100-word short story
The Glow in the Mirror – 100-word short story
Darkness and light – 100-word short story
First Kiss – short fiction
Lipstick Covered Revenge – short fiction (published)
In Darkness I See – short fiction (published)
In the Darkness – short piece


Happy When Drunk – memoir
The Middle One’s The Brake – memoir
A Broken Heart a Blessing – memoir
Best Friends – memoir
Bullies or Not – memoir
Goat Skin Hardballs – memoir


The Friendly Dragon – poem
A Darkness – poem
A Stranger Calls – poem
Destination Hope – poem
Emotions – poem
Just Beneath – poem
Life’s to do list – poem
One Night Stand – poem
Reading – poem
Recognising Love – poem (published)
Sculpted Heart – poem
Soul Mates – poem
The Writer – poem
3 words – poem
Unpopular – poem
Untitled July 2016 – poem
Witnessing Dawn – poem
Imperfectly Perfect – poem (published)
Living For Love – poem (published)
Mornings – poem (published)
Surviving – poem (published)
The Writer – poem
Four Trees – poem
Writers Block – poem
All Hallows’ Eve – poem (published)
12:20 – poem
Cherry Blossoms – poem
The Bang – poem
Awake – poem
The Book – poem (published)
Missing Pieces – poem

Unfinished Pieces

The Warriors Way – unfinished fiction
Flame – unfinished fiction
Unspoken – unfinished fiction
Interview with William Shakespeare – unfinished fiction
Pitch Black – unfinished fiction
The Land was covered in ice – unfinished fiction
The Time Machine – unfinished fiction
Run – unfinished fiction
World’s End – unfinished fiction
Broken – unfinished fiction
Destined to Be – unfinished fiction
Kate and Daniel – unfinished novel

Now that 2016 is coming to an end it’s time to focus on writing goals for 2017. My goals are to continue enjoying what I love and to try and beat this list of completed pieces.

Until next time,

Keep writing



Amanda J Evans is an Irish author. Amanda lives in Co. Meath, Ireland, with her husband and two children. She writes paranormal, fantasy, and romantic fiction. She has published works available on Amazon including her bestselling non-fiction title “Surviving Suicide: A Memoir From Those Death Left Behind”, a book that promotes suicide awareness. Amanda has also received a publishing contract for a number children’s story book with the first title coming in fall 2017.

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5 comments on “My Year in Writing 2016 – Here’s What I Wrote

  1. endardoo

    Wow! You are so write about sitting down and writing, regardless. No waiting for the fickle muse to inspire. Well done

    1. Amanda J Evans

      Thanks, Enda, I love to handwrite everything. I find it helps me tap into my creativity and keep the left brain from getting in the way. Best of luck with your writing in 2017.

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