I could write more flash fiction today, but I thought I would share a few writing updates that have had me on the edge of my seat with anticipation.
1) In the past two weeks, I have submitted a set of poems and a short story to different magazines. My goal for November, in lieu of NaNoWriMo, was to focus on researching publication venues and submitting to them. I had one rejection, but I turned right around and submitted that story somewhere else. Opinions on writing are, after all, largely subjective, and one person’s rejection shouldn’t stop me.
2) Out of the blue at work the other day, I found a potential solution to a story-related problem with which I’ve been grappling for months. Context: as I’ve mentioned on my blog before, I finished the first draft of a book four years ago and never returned to it, except to marvel at how awful it is. That said, the characters and their stories are still locked away in my head, and I regularly think about that first draft and what I could do to improve the story. Well, that day at work, I think I found the answer. It involves combining two of the original characters to create a new, more dynamic and more compelling one. Combining these characters would also change the plot dramatically for the better. I have to admit, though, that I’m scared to work on this project again. I’m scared because I’m not sure I can write the story the way it is in my head. It’s been shut away for so long, I don’t know if it could handle being exposed to the world.
3) Writing gets easier the more you do it. So does submitting your work for publication. I know this is obvious, but writing regularly has made such a difference in how I approach writing. Each time I sit down and write, even if it’s less than 100 words (like this bit I produced the other day), I grow in my ability to write, to generate ideas, to come up with a story in the spur of the moment…the list goes on. And I’ve grown this much just through writing flash fiction. The practice of writing flash fiction is immensely helpful in learning to write concisely and edit concisely. You only have so many words in which to convey your scene, so the words must matter.
Anyway, those are my writing updates. Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for more stories from my weird menagerie of a brain.