Another update on the writing week that was.
This week’s quote comes from Edgar Rice Burroughs.
If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.
– Edgar Rice Burroughs
This is pretty much my writing and submission philosophy in a nutshell. I’ve written a lot of stories, and some of them are very bad. That said, even the bad ones taught me something, something I could apply to the next story and make it a little bit better. Those incremental improvements add up over time, and now if I write, say five stories, one is bad, three are mediocre, and one of them might be publishable. Still working on that ratio.
I’m still in the middle of the final revision of my novel Late Risers and it’s going well. I’m primarily focusing on cleaning up the language, adding clarity and simply sharpening the prose. I find this is largely a process of subtraction, and I have a hit list of words, phrases, and other stuff that’ll get the chop. For example, I often overuse the “was” sentence construction, which can create unwanted distance, especially in action scenes. So, I search for every instance of was, wasn’t, were, and weren’t, and see if I can’t find a more descriptive (and active) verb. Of course, was is a perfectly fine word to use, and my novel still has plenty of them, but those that remain have earned their keep.
A little more submission activity last week than the week before.
The four rejection last week put me at 98 for the year. So, getting close to my 100-rejection goal. Here are my current stats for 2018:
I’d like to hit 120/20/100 for the year, and I have about two weeks to pull that off.
Two blog posts last week.
12/10/18: A Week of Writing: 12/3/18 to 12/9/18
The usual weekly writing update.
12/14/18: A New Rejection Record
This past year I set a number of personal submissions and rejection records. This post details one – most rejection by a single publisher.
Keep pushing on that final revision of Late Risers for the hand-off to my agent at the end of the month.
That was my week. How was yours?