Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Here it is again, the first Wednesday of the month. The Wednesday (hump day) dedicated to writer insecurities and accomplishments. Writers can brag or
$#%! complain or offer encouragement to the community. Thanks Alex Cavanaugh for the monthly forum. Click here for the IWSG linky list; and lets give a round of applause and encouragement to November's helpers: CD Cofflet (Spirit Called), Tina Downey (Life Is Good), Isis Rushdan, and Michelle Wallace (Writer In Transit).
My long time insecurity has been that I only had the one story concept in me. Unlike most Writers I've met here in the blogs, writing has not been my life's dream. I had a very brief moment of wanting to be a writer as a career goal that was thoroughly dissuaded as unpractical during high school. I didn't revisit the dream until I was unemployed a good 30 years later. Within about 18 months I wrote a women's fiction trilogy (roughly 300k words).
I submitted the first novel in the trilogy, got some distressing feedback, then edited and resubmitted to different Literary Agents, got picked up by a vanity press and went through all the frustration of rejection and paid partial critiques. During this time I never had new writing concept. I finally got some free advice to join a writing group and eventually found my way into the blogs. Then my dad asked me to write him a fairy tale in true Grimm style. Bing; a new story idea. Not exactly what he asked for, but it was published in Bewildering Stories.
You know that scene in IRON MAN where Tony Stark is testing the potential flight capabilities of the as yet undeveloped super-hero suit? I kinda feel like that with my writing journey.
Making a long story short (you're welcome!) between writing prompts (offline) and blogfests (online) I have a lot of starter story ideas languishing in my word program. And I gotta say I'm impressed with myself for the variety I've come up with. I know, some of you are thinking "gosh Donna, that's pretty arrogant of you." Especially if you watched the above video and realize what a self-centered, arrogant . . dude . . Tony Stark is. I agree. But sometimes I think over-confidence is called for when taking a leap of faith. Otherwise, how does a person ever step off the edge into greatness, or outside the box and brave the unknown?
For writers, stepping off the edge is called Querying. If the author doesn't love the story and think it will succeed, how will agents/publishers/readers appreciate the auspicious concept. Yeah, I have a few short story publications. But unlike Tony Stark who acknowledged each successful step in his quest to create Iron Man and continued moving forward with each achievement, I've stagnated in my writing to continue creating new experiments that do not further my plot to become the best selling author of this century. Move over and make room Stephen King and Jodi Picoult.
I don't have Tony Stark's single minded dedication (or unlimited wealth) to create-to-finish one project at a time. I'm easily distracted by my day job, family, and - squirrel - anything on the blogs that attracts my attention. Most notably, blogfests with a 300-1000 word flash fiction deadline.
So I'm going away from my largest distraction for the next couple months. While everyone is focusing on NaNo projects, I'm going to be writing too - hopefully - on some unfinished projects. I can't have publications (or at least acceptances) in 2014 unless I complete something and submit. I can't complete a project if I'm writing blogfest entries and book reviews. I'm sslloooow at getting the story idea, writing the draft, editing, revising, editing, re-writing . . . Well, you get the idea. I put way too much time and energy into a blogfest. And then its published on my blog and I wonder if I should expand on the concept and make a short story but hey, there are several more blogfests to participate in and these days "published" can also include blog/twitter/FB/GoodReads/podcast posts.
The advent/popularity of self/indie publishing has changed definitions of "published" within the literary industry.
I need a holiday from this blogging distraction.
Good luck to you NaNo'ers, and to the blogger writing community. Kisses-hugs-sweet things- and wine to all for end of year festivities. I shall miss you all, and hope you miss me just a little. E-mail me if you have special requests or think something interesting deserves my attention. I'm sure to get bored with talking to myself, my muse, and my reluctant characters.
Oh, and score, I've won at least six free novels/short story anthologies over the last month. Congratulate me on my good fortune, and hope these books do not distract me from my own writing adventures.
Be sure to visit the IWSG linky to join the monthly bloghop or read other contributions.
Ah, forgive me Father Dragon, Sir. I do not mean to stir the hearts of your Dwarves into rebellion; I simply need to inspire myself into the epic quest of story fulfillment. Seriously, its a cool song, ya gotta agree . . .
Wednesday, November 6, 2013