So, how’s my writing coming, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you. Okay. I’ve not been very good about writing every day, but I am doing at least 2 days a week, so that’s okay. I’m still ignoring my novel. I think about it, I’m just trying to figure out how to tackle it.
I have been focusing on my short stories a little more. I kind of want to have some finished pieces. I’ve submitted two to literary magazines, so we’ll see how that goes.
I did enter NYC Midnight’s short story competition and advanced to the second round, which I’m very pleased with. They divide the writers into 25 heats of 26 people each. Each heat is given a genre, a topic, and a character and a week to write a story of 2000 or less words. I got romantic comedy, gambling, and a housewife. I thought my story was decent and, apparently, so did the judges as I was one of 5 in my heat to advance to the second round. Go me! I may try to polish it and submit it for publication.
For the second round, I got a fantasy, a lead singer, and luck and 72 hours to write 1500 words or less. Again, I liked my story, but the results won’t come in until next month sometime. Fingers crossed. The final round will have 25 writers all given the same genre, topic, and character and 24 hours to write 1000 words or less. I’m hoping for the finals (of course).
I’ve realized I tend to write what are considered generally short shorts or flash fiction with my word counts. It limits my publication options because a lot of magazines want at least 2000 words, and most 3000. My long stories are 2500. I have a couple of longer pieces I’m working on, but it is definitely challenging for me to write those lengths.
Submitting for publication was a big confidence hurdle for me to get over. Once I did it though, it wasn’t so bad. We’ll see how I feel once the rejection letters start coming. My next hurdle is to get over doing simultaneous submissions, submitting the same story to multiple magazines at the same time and seeing who bites first. Most people do it since it takes about 90 queries to get something published and response times can be 2-6 months or longer, but so far, I haven’t done that. Maybe once I get a rejection, I’ll be able to get over that one.
I have been doing more reading, too. I’ve been taking notes about what works and what doesn’t and tucking them away to pull out when I’m writing.
My biggest challenge right now is to focus and finish some things so they’re ready for submission.