I’m a frequent answerer on Yahoo! Answers, and just answered this question on “…How do I start writing a novel?” My answer is more about coming up with plot than anything, but I rather liked it, so I thought I’d share it here.
So I’ve turned up a few anthologies I want to submit to.
One is werewolf themed, one book themed, and one weird-ass alien planet themed. I think I have some niggling ideas for all three, the werewolf story more so than the others. Hopefully I can flesh it out and get something written over the weekend, even if it’s just a rough sketch of the story I want to write.
It’s an interesting process, searching out anthologies and then trying to come up with a story to suit it. Less “divine inspiration”, since you’re working within someone else’s framework. Funnily enough, though, I feel more creative sometimes–at least, when it comes to short story writing–when I’m working with a “prompt”. You have to push yourself to make an idea yours, to own it and to write a story that is uniquely yours. I can’t say that I’ve been to successful, although I am looking forward to finishing up my work on the World’s Collider story, editing it, and in the end seeing how it will fit together with all the other stories in the anthology.
My minimalist goal is to get at least one more story published this year. I don’t think it’s too lofty of a goal, and if I don’t do any better than that then I can at least say I’m continuing a trend that started in 2011. Of course, I hope that I can do a lot more than that. I want Nightmare Thieves to be finished by mid-year so I can edit it over the summer and try to find it a decent and loving home somewhere. And then I can start working on the second book in the trilogy, and get to feel all warm and fuzzy that I’ve finished something I started.
I don’t know why school is just an afterthought in this grand scheme of mine. It’s not that I’m not working hard at it. I’m not particularly worried about it, is all. I know I’ll do all right. My writing, though, is a source for a good amount of angst, and hopefully I can relieve some of that angst in the next few months and finally get to a point where I’m saying Wow, I can do this.
Not much else to report right now. Life has been fairly straightforward and simple, which is a bit of a relief for me. And of course, having said it, something major is inevitably about to happen.
It’s been a while since I posted on here. And I had just started the thing, too! But there’s been a very good reason.
Last month was all about getting my story for World’s Collider finished. I finally turned it in a few days after my deadline. I think it’s a fun story, although it’s certainly nothing like the story that I set out to write. It’s not a traditionally scary story though, apart from a few “ugh” moments, so I think it will work well with the other stories in the anthology. I’ll leave the traumatic, nightmare-inducing stuff to “Basher”, the story that comes after mine. It’s written by Jonathan Templar and the description alone is enough to creep me out.
In other news, the semester just started for me, so my time to write has dropped dramatically. I will try to keep on posting in this blog, probably mostly reviews of stories appearing in Strange Horizons. I have had a few new ideas, though; ones that I’m pretty excited about and will try…try…to work on before this semester gets too crazy.
Anyway, I’ll be announcing it on this blog when World’s Collider is all set and ready to go. Hopefully that will be soon, as I’m really looking forward to reading all the other stories, and I can’t wait to finally get a brag shelf, and have something to put on it.
Well, I thought I’d start this blog because so many blogs I’ve begun have failed and died. It is very sad and they shall be sorely missed.
Anyway, I thought it was time to start a new one because A.) I’m actually trying to get published now and B.) Well, what do you know, I’m Being Published Now, and it’s all very exciting and everything and it might be in my Best Interests to keep people who want to be updated on this sort of thing updated about these sorts of things.
I’ll share the details of the anthology I’m going to be published in at a later date. I will say right now that it’s a very exciting opportunity for me and I am being published alongside some well-known writers. It’s really a fantastic opportunity, especially since I’ve only really just begun trying recently. With any luck, and a lot of work, it will hopefully be the first of many such opportunities for me.
That’s pretty much it for now. I have four stories out and I’m waiting to hear back on them, so I’ll keep you updated on those epic rejections (possibly, acceptances) I shall soon be receiving.
Fare thee well, dear friends. Until next time.