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I forget where I read it, probably because I’ve seen it in several places, but I’ve seen lately that “real writers ship”. Which means, to send writing out into the world, to be read and to change lives.
Well, I haven’t shipped very much to date. I’ve submitted to a couple of contests, but otherwise, nothing. Fortunately, that changed last week! I’ve been working on a short story for an anthology that I heard about in July, and on Tuesday, I sent it out! I’m proud of the little story, although I have no illusions that it will actually be accepted. I think it’s a neat concept though, that I can recycle or re-use if it doesn’t get accepted.
In the meantime, please cross your fingers for me! I should hear by the end of the year, and it will be my first “real” published piece (and will pay!) if it gets picked. If not, I might just share it here!
Are you a “real” writer? What have you shipped?
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My apologies for the horrific grammar of the title. This post is a follow-up to “When Good Novels Go Bad“, where I wrote about a novel I was none to pleased with. The writing schedule was going well, but the more that I worked, the less I liked the story: the plot was thin and the driving actions weren’t believable enough. The beginning dragged on and on (and on…) and nothing seemed to be coming together after 30,000 words. I didn’t like how the story was going, my critique group didn’t really care for it, and if I don’t like the story, I can’t very well expect my readers to like it!
So I put the writing on hold and spent my efforts overhauling the plot. It took longer than I would have liked (only about 25 hours of actual work over two months) but Script Frenzy got in my way. Besides, the hardest part was thinking up what to do next, which for me is the opposite of staring at the screen trying to write.
About three weeks ago, I started writing again. I’m only two chapters (6,800 words) in, but it’s already feeling much more exciting and engaging to me. My critique group even seemed to think so too! Now, of course, there are still problems with the opening scene(s) to fix, but those will be relatively easy now that the basic plot is a little more workable (I hope!)
I guess only time will tell, won’t it?
What project has returned to life in your writing lately?