Yikes. Time to get caught up on these weeklies.
This week’s quote is another from Jodi Picoult.
“You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.”
― Jodi Picoult
I love this quote because it’s such a simple truth. Essentially, writing is always better than NOT writing. I recently wrote a blog post about what I’d learned from working under deadlines, and this was one of the best lessons. I called it “fix it in post,” but it’s the same concept. Getting the words on the page, getting the broad strokes of the story down, even when it feels terrible, is a necessity, and it’ll almost never be as bad as you think it’ll be. Like Jodi Picoult says, you can always edit a bad page. You can improve it, make it better, even make it great. But you need to get those words on the page before you can do literally anything.
I’ve spent the last three weeks or so working on a Privateer Press novella (and then entertaining family), so I haven’t worked on Late Risers at all. That changes this week, and I’m headed back to the revision salt mines. I stopped the revision at a good place, and I had added most of the new material I needed. This week I’m gonna read through all that new stuff now that I’ve head a chance to step away and gain some perspective, then I’ll head into the second and third act, and hopefully it’ll be a gentle downhill revision from there.
Some submissions. Not enough, but some.
I managed a couple of submissions per week over the last month. These six put me at forty-six for the year, still mostly on pace for my one-hundred. I still have nine submissions pending, and I’m hoping one or more of those will break my acceptance-less streak dating back to April.
Here are the blog highlights for the last three weeks.
5/29/19: Deadlines: What Can They Teach You?
In this post I discuss what I’ve learned from working under tight deadlines.
A discussion of further consideration letters and if/when you should respond to them.
6/4/19: The Post-Rejection Process
What do you do after a rejection? Well, here’s what I do.
The novel is the primary goal as I inch closer to a completed revision. As usual, I’d like to get a few submission out too.
There’s one more thing I’d like to call to your attention. I’ve started putting some fiction out at Curious Fictions, mostly reprints that are free to read, though I do have plans for original, even serialized stuff. So, head on out there, read some of the free stuff I have up (and will add to each week), and if you’re so inclined, give me a follow and/or a like. 🙂 Just click on my smilin’ mug below to get to my author profile.
That was my week(s). How was yours?