Ack! I haven’t updated in almost a month! Sorry, there’s been a lot going on in my personal life recently, and I’ve been a bit distracted. On the good side, I have applied a dose of discipline and commitment to my writing, and I have been getting some work done.
I’ve put the current novel-in-progress on hold for a few weeks and worked instead on short stories. I was starting to feel a little overwhelmed by the epic scope of the novel, and it’s been a relief to focus on the short form. I finished one short story late last month and submitted it for publication with a sizable electronic market that would pay pretty well. I don’t expect success, but I figured I’d try for the home run first. If that doesn’t work, I’m going to keep approaching markets until someone somewhere picks up the story.
I’ve realized that my lack of any publishing credits after almost 15 years of writing is something that bothers me. I’ve made attempts in the past to have short stories published, and a few real concerted efforts to get a novel picked up, and I have nothing to show for it. So I decided that I need to get some credits under my belt, if for no other reason that when I tell someone I’m a writer, I have a couple of publications to show for it. In the past when I’ve sent short stories out, I’ve usually tried one or two market per story and then given up – and I have usually avoided markets that don’t pay. This time I’m going to keep trying, no matter how small the market is, until I get something published somewhere. I don’t know how long that will take, but I’m hoping for results in six months or less. I’ve started writing another short story, and I may take out some oldies from my archives and see if I can polish them to sell somewhere.
In the meantime, it remains a personal goal to have the first draft of the new novel finished by the end of the year. It’s on hold at the moment, but I plan to pick it up again in September at the latest. Things are going to get crazy at work once back-to-school season arrives, and busy at home as the holidays approach, and I expect I will have to carve out time to dedicate to writing. I have been successful doing that for workouts in the past three months, and I should be able to apply that to my craft. My long-term goal is to take the five novels that are currently somewhat developed in my mind and have them all written – in final draft – by the time I’m 40. If I can do that, and make a professional effort at selling each one as I finish it, I anticipate that publication might become a reality. I’m hoping for sooner rather than later, but I can’t predict the future – all I can do is work to make what I want a reality.