Writing Update #3

If you haven’t noticed by now, I’m pretty flighty when it comes to finishing projects. I can and do finish projects but only a first draft. I have a weird psychological, Mozart complex where, while I don’t think my writing is perfect by a long shot, I have SUCH a hard time revising and editing anything I write while doing it on my own. Workshops in college helped a lot. I also find it easier to edit short stories than full manuscripts.

That being said, I have a lot of stress and things to think about over the next 5 weeks. In 5 weeks, I’ll be moving 700 miles away from all of my friends and family (yahoo! on the family bit) and living completely on my own away from the cushion of college for the first time. Because of that, and many other psychological ticks that I have, I am finding it very hard/impossible to revise my full manuscript as planned. I have it all printed, I have ideas and notes written all over the place…I just can’t do it right now. Not on my own, at least.

So, to push through any dumb writer’s block my mind is tricking my into thinking I have, I am going to polish off some short stories I’ve written during college and also new ones since I graduated a year and a half ago, and get them submission ready. I want to submit to magazines and journals as much as I can until something gets picked up and I can finally accomplish something that I’ve been dying to do since I was 12 years old: call myself a PUBLISHED author. I feel like it will do a great deal for my mental state and self-esteem when it comes to my writing ability as well. (My writing ability, in my eyes, has greatly waned since I graduated, as I haven’t written anything of significance since then, unable to focus on a single project on top of other life stresses.)

I hope this will work out for me, and I cannot wait to post everywhere across social media when I officially get published. The story I’m working on right now is titled “The Blue Plains of Oblivion” and it is a love story (star-crossed lovers style) in a surreal setting!

Writing Update #2

Hello friends! So, another ramble about my writing antics is here. I’ve been meaning to do weekly updates, but I’ve been terribly busy with trying to find a job 700 miles away from where I live, on top of figuring out Plan B for my life after May when I need to move to a new place and just…well, that’s a different sort of update.

With all of the craziness going on, I’ve put writing on hold. I’m still writing, just not original stuff. I may have decided to fuel my recent creativity in fanfiction, something I’ve done most of my life. I have no shame in writing fanfiction and I’m thoroughly enjoying myself and updating once a week, which is actually helping me form a writing schedule in general that can be useful in the future when I get into writing my original stuff again.

The biggest thing I’m messing with now is…I’m not getting any younger. I want to get traditionally published, and I don’t want to be 50 when this happens. I have, so far, only one manuscript that is in any feasible shape to be used in a query letter to an agent or publishing house. I’ve been researching publishing for years now, and it’s scary, but I feel like it’s something I need to do and will do, I just need to focus. That being said, I previously mentioned that I’ve started rewriting my first ever “book”, one about four teens, magic, dragons, demons, the whole shebang, written when I was 13. However, in the summer of 2015, I wrote another novel: superpowers, bounty hunters, non-linear storytelling, more NA than YA. It’s over 96k after a first draft and notably the first book I’ve written post college creative writing courses and with a little more life experience under my belt.

I love the idea. I haven’t reread the entire thing since I wrote it (school and writer’s block got in the way) but I’ve been meaning to rewrite since I mostly just wrote the story skeleton in the first go. I have to work on the tone, add a bit more personality to my writing style, and connect a few more dots when it comes to subplots. I feel like this would be not only feasible, but enjoyable and perhaps more likely to take me a step toward being able to dive into the hairy, scary publishing world. I don’t want to stop writing my original stuff; I have about 5 or 6 novel ideas floating around in my head that I refuse to give up, but I also don’t want to become a stagnant writer and never get any of my ideas published.

So, my tentative plan would be thus: work on rewriting. Try rewriting one chapter a week (the story right now has 43 chapters), while dabbilng in fanfiction and then diving into full short stories as well, smaller ideas I can formulate under 10k words and attempt to publish in magazines so I can get my name out there and feel like a real live author.

If you have any advice for my (stick with writing my other ideas, or start rewriting my fully fleshed manuscript) let me know. I’ve heard over and over again that finishing a manuscript/idea is the biggest, most important step, but if all you do is finish ideas and then never revise/rewrite…what then? It seems like that would be a terrible loop to be caught up in.