I wrote one story. A few days later, after some brainstorming, I rewrote its ending to make it better. I completely rewrote it a few days after that–and made it much better–after my writers’ group critiqued it. I sold it and made over $500. So my May wasn’t a total loss!
I wrote a fantasy story, 7700 words, all in one night, then passed it out to my writers’ group. I need to write another . . . and another . . . but I haven’t. Sigh.
Anyway, this story came to me when I was completely stuck on another. I said to myself, “Self, you don’t have to write that other story! You can start a new one, one that’s not going to give you conniptions for days.” So I brainstormed for an hour, and started a new story, and it flowed just fine. I was excited about it! I enjoyed it!
Take away from this. When I’m stuck, I need to remember that I can just walk away from that story for now. There are so many ideas out there! If one’s not working, I don’t need to push through. Perhaps I’ll write that other story later. Perhaps not. But I have a story, and that’s what counts.
I worked on three stories. I finished none. Sigh. What will it take for me to re-light the fire?
Since Story a Day in May was a bust for me this year (except for the one story I wrote, revised, and sold), I figured I absolutely have to do Story a Day in September! But this time, instead of writing a new story each day, I’m going through the rather long list of stories I’ve written since May 2011 when I began this madness. Some I’ve revised and sold. Some I’ve revised and my writers’ group has critiqued them . . . but I’ve never gone back and done anything else with them. Some I began and never finished. But looking over the list, I have at least 30 that are worth revising or finishing. So that’s what I’m doing this September. I may throw in a few chapters of the novel that I’ve been passing out to my writers’ critique group a chapter at a time, just so they won’t languish in suspense for too long. Also, I have a new story I’ve started that I really must finish quickly so it can go off to a theme anthology.
So I’m hoping I can beat back depression and actually get a lot done this month!
Ha! The month may have been a bust so far as writing a story a day, but the one story I have written has already been purchased. Now I can settle in and start trying to do a story a day for the rest of the month.
So far this month has been a bust for me as far as a story a day goes. I started a story on the first, and finished it on the 13th. But it’s a story that I’ll be submitting to an anthology, which I figured made it more important than something I just dashed off so I could say I’d written a story that day. Tomorrow my writers’ group will critique it, and then I will rip it to shreds, put it back together (as a far better story, so I hope!), polish it, and submit it.
At that point, if I can beat back depression, I may actually start writing a story a day.
Anyway, it’s fantasy, nearly 10,000 words (yes, I write long). I’m hoping to cut it to 7k words or fewer, but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to. My red pen and I will become fast friends by the end of the day tomorrow!
I started a story that was actually brainstormed for a poem in April, but the brainstorming got a bit out of control, and it was obviously enough for a story. However, the story is going to be a bit longer than I had time for. I’ll finish it later, but I did get a good first scene. Fantasy, with a bit of inadvertent magic.
April is National Poetry Month. I’ve written a poem (sometimes more than one) every day this April. And now the sudden switch! From a poem a day to a story a day. Psychic whiplash! I already have one story somewhat brainstormed (it was an idea for a poem that got far too involved), so that’s a start! So tonight at midnight, after I post my last poem for April, I’ll begin my first story for May.
Sigh. I did not finish the story I was working on, and now the month is over. I spent hours judging a contest I was running on AllPoetry, probably spending more time than I should have, but learning a great deal in the process.
Next year! Next year I should have more “spoons” at the beginning of May.
For June, however, I’ve joined a “Page a Day” challenge. That should be easy peasy, as I’ve a habit of writing around 1000 words a day (which is four pages, normal manuscript format). I’m trying to finish a novel that I started in National Novel Writing Month last November.
At least I did write and sell a story this month, so it is by far not wasted time!
Well, no one reads this blog anyway, so I think I’ll brag here even though the ToC hasn’t been released to the public yet. The story I wrote at the beginning of this month, which I finished on the 7th, I then sent through my writers’ group on May 8th. It was critiqued on May 15th, and I then spent the entire night rewriting it. Sometime the morning of the 16th I sent it off to the latest Sword & Sorceress anthology (#29). I didn’t hear back, and wondered if my submission had been lost. If so, it was too late, as May 16th was the deadline. So I queried, and was told that my contract had been sent out! So a story I began last year for Story a Day, finished this year during Story a Day, and spent an entire night rewriting and polishing was sold the very next day. That, I think, is a record for me!