This has been a good week as far as writing goes. I’ve been getting back in the grove and enjoying the process. Here is what I’ve been working on.
My horror, short story collection. I’ve been self editing, rewriting and adding more content. It will be a short read with a few of my favorite pieces. This will likely be my first self published work.
Reaching out to freelance editors to help with my short story project. So far, it’s been difficult to find editors who will work on shorter works but I’m hopeful someone will assist.
It Watches. This is a novella I’ve been working on some time. A previous post I discussed this, When a Short Story Becomes a Novel, it’s based off a flash fiction piece I wrote. This week I just figured out the ending, which helps me write the story faster.
Let me know how your writing is going. I love hearing about everyone else’s journeys.
It’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted anything about my writing journey. To be honest, it’s come to a slow, painful crawl. It’s not that I don’t have material to write about. Finding time, energy and motivation can be difficult. I also have enough rejection slips to build a paper house out of. The voices tell me I’m not cut out to be a writer and I should quit right now. Then again, maybe the traditional route isn’t where my journey needs to go.
I’ve come to a point where I feel like taking a chance, since I have nothing to lose. Something in the works is I’m going to self publish a short story collection. This would motivate me to finish a project and say I’m an author. There’s a few other reasons I’m doing this, one being it is inexpensive for me to achieve. There is a title and a cover all picked out. Hell, the cover is already made. I’ve just been keeping it tucked away while I mull over what to do next.
There’s still a lot to learn about self publishing like formatting, uploading it to Amazon and so forth. I’m looking at this as something fun to do and prove I can do it.
So where do I go from here? I’m going to build my own path. Let me know your thoughts or if you’re in the same boat.
Do you believe in the Slenderman? Well, two teenage girls in Wisconsin do, so much that they attempted to murder their best friend. I watched the documentary, Beware the Slenderman, on HBO. I like watching true crime films, but find it rare to find one integrating the supernatural.
It’s not so crazy to hear about youngsters believing in something that isn’t real. As a kid, I believed in monsters in my closet and Freddy Krueger. Maybe I still do sometimes since I have a knack for the horror genre.
One thing I will say watching the interviews with the two girls, they really do believe in Slenderman. They believe they had to do the crime because their lives and families were in danger. If you watch the documentary, it’s chilling to see their responses and answers to the detectives questions. They discuss it openly and in a nonchalant way.
Overall, I give the documentary 3.5 stars out of 5.
Let me know if you’ve watched the film and your thoughts.
One problem with getting published is trends. What is popular? What are readers craving? There’s a lot of discussion if writers should follow trends or not. I can’t write something based off a trend. So if unicorns riding Segways becomes a must in stories, you won’t see me writing it.
It does makes sense why good stories get rejected. Maybe the topic was all the rage two years ago, but now the market is saturated, and everyone else is sick of it. It’s time to move on to something else.
I’ve found a good way to identify trends is reading Literary Agents requests when submitting books. This may not always be the case, but I wonder if it’s because they’re going off what readers want or what will become popular. There’s no way to predict what will be a best seller, but one can try to be proactive in that aspect.
Anyone else have input on this? What are your thoughts?
So many story ideas and not enough time to write them, at least not all at once. It’s hard to buckle down on one project because my mind tends to wander. At any given time I’m working on a novel, a novella and a short story.
I get in a mad rush.
I’m trying to change these habits and work on one at a time, but it’s hard to do. It feels like I’m not doing enough but doing more isn’t always the answer. Burn out and writers block make me not want to write.
I’m trying to simplify it. Even if I only write 500 words a day that’s still 168,000 words a year. That’s quite a bit! That’s a couple of novels and some short stories.
Being a writer can be a very tedious journey, especially when trying to get your foot in the door. For now, I’ll keep it simple and only do what I can, without going too crazy.
Pick up a book on becoming a writer and somewhere tossed in there is having a quota. This ranges from 1000-2000 words a day. If you can write more that’s better.
I have a quota but it’s not strict. I write more on my days off work and sometimes I don’t write at all. It also depends on what project I’m doing.
Editing may not add any word count to your project, so do you consider it a quota? I do. Most writers hate the editing process. It’s the least amount of fun. We want to create, not line edit and find all the flaws in our work.
I have a quota system with editing. I’ll edit 500 to 1000 words at a time. This ensures I get a small break in between and don’t get burnt out. I’ll edit and then work on something else so that I’m still writing and creating something new. This doesn’t happen everyday, but I do my best.
During the holidays I took a break and wrote little. Now I’m back in full swing. My goal is to get something out there in 2017. Not sure if I’m going to self publish or keep going the publisher route. It’s all a learning process, the hardest part for me is to not rush it. The need for good stories will always be there. At this point I need to make sure it’s the best it can be.
In the meantime, let’s hope I can hit my quota. How is everyone else’s writing going?
I know what we’re all thinking, the year is almost over. 2016 was a decent year for me but I still have a lot to accomplish in 2017. To reflect, I thought to post some things I did achieve this year.
Started my blog.
I started blogging in August and have been able to connect with some of my favorite authors and talk to others. It’s nice to read about others in the same boat as me. I really do appreciate all the support I’ve received and it doesn’t go unnoticed.
I turned 30.
One of my first posts was Crap I’m 30, which was more of me poking fun at myself. 30 isn’t so bad, I just want to take time to enjoy life. I need to quit stressing about petty things I can’t control. My 30th birthday was awesome.
I got closer to being published.
I actually received good feedback from a short story I submitted. It didn’t get picked to be published, but it’s the farthest I’ve ever gone so for that, I’m proud.
I have a lot more to achieve in 2017 but I’m glad to get this far. It’s a battle each day to keep going, when my inner voice tells me to stop writing and focus on other things. I can’t let that happen. I have several projects in the works. I just need to tighten up my writing and get working with an editor.
Thank you again for all the feedback and comments. I hope for more to come in 2017.