Well, I fell behind on these again, so here’s a three-week catch-up of the weeks that were.
The quote this week comes from Stephen King.
“The writer must have a good imagination to begin with, but the imagination has to be muscular, which means it must be exercised in a disciplined way, day in and day out, by writing, failing, succeeding and revising.”
– Stephen King
I’m kind of a fitness nerd, so likening the imagination (and the writing process) to a muscle that must be exercised on a regular basis make a lot of sense to me. Like working out, it’s something you have to do even when it’s the last fucking thing you want to do. If you want that literary muscle to get stronger, you have to use it, and though the first thing King lists, writing, can be hard enough, it’s those other things, especially the failing and revising, that really stimulate literary growth for me. As I continue to revise my novel, I’m definitely learning, getting better, and next time I’ll be stronger and faster because of it.
Well, my goal for finishing the revision of Late Risers by mid-month was a little optimistic, but the extra time I took was mostly planning and additional outlining, and that’s paying dividends now. I’m in the thick of the revision, and I like where things are going. The story feels stronger, more cohesive, and the changes and additions I’ve made are leading me to some very interesting and, I hope, compelling places. In short, I feel good about how the novel is shaping up, and even though my writer brain is screaming at me not to trust this feeling, I’m gonna run with it and hope it gets me through this round of revisions.
What’s below accounts for roughly three weeks of submissions, and I’d say I’m back on track for the most part.
So, those 10 submissions put me at 34 for the year (6 in April). That puts me on pace for around 120 submissions in 2019. I need to get out three or four more in April to stay on target, but that shouldn’t be difficult. A fair amount of rejections in these past three weeks, and a few of them were heart-breakers, but the acceptances and a publication softened the blow somewhat.
Here are the blog highlights for the last three weeks.
3/27/19: Submission Top Ten: Shortest Waits
This is a list of my quickest rejections and acceptances, including what I consider an unbreakable record.
Just what it says on the tin. This is all the Twitter microfiction I wrote last month.
In this post I explore some of the benefits of writing microfiction.
I’d like to finish the revision of Late Risers by the end of the month, but if it takes a bit longer, that’s okay too.
One publication over the last three weeks. I took 3rd place in The Arcanist’s Magical Story contest, and you can read my entry, “Paint-Eater,” by clicking the link below.
Published by The Arcanist (free to read)
How was your writing week(s)? Tell me about it in the comments.