Went to Orycon this weekend, spent too much money on art (damn you awesome artists at conventions, why do you tempt me?), and attended some panels where I learned some things, had other things I already knew drilled deeper into my head, and generally had a decent time. The insomnia issue meant I had a very short energy buffer for dealing with people, but I adjusted (and spent Friday night sitting in a hotel room playing Magic the Gathering).
Also had lunch with an author/friend who was very reassuring even if yet another story of 10+ years of toil= overnight success is somewhat daunting. But after 10 months of trying to be a working writer, I suppose I shouldn’t complain yet.
Came home to yet another ‘nice’ rejection and felt like tearing my hair out and giving it all up for the ghost, but decided to haunt the internets instead. On a suggestion from aforementioned writer friend, I signed up for Dean Welsey Smith’s novel workshop in Feb. I Hopefully that’ll get me on a good path to selling this thing. As prep I decided to read all of his blog last night. Mind blown. Seriously. There is some fairly tough to hear information contained in his posts, and I’m not sure all of it would work for me, but there are things I think I should give a shot.
What especially called to me was the publishing as numbers game. I agree wholeheartedly that writing is practice, and rewriting/editing isn’t really practice, though I do think some things can benefit from a pass or two. But the only way to get better that I’ve found is to write new things taking what I’m learned worked or didn’t work from the stuff that came before. I also was floored by the whole goals side of things on Dean’s blog. I like the idea of having a sort of shoot for the moon longer term goal and then shorter term goals entirely within your power. I started this blog to record my journey to write ten novels in ten years, but really, wouldn’t it be cooler to publish ten novels in ten years? According to Dean, that means I should write 3 novels a year.
At first, that number looks crazy daunting. But really, is it? At the pace I write novels, I can get 100k word novel done in about 2 months. Then take a month off to let my readers weigh in and have a month to revise/clean up. Send it out, rinse, repeat. Really, not that bad. And I could use the month off between edits and writing to work on short stories. I aim to have 30 shorts making the rounds by next year, I’ve got 10 now, with two more that will be sent out in about a week as soon as I take another pass at them to catch the last (hopefully) typos and such.
So that’s where I am. Going to revise Chwedl this month, write a couple new stories, get something in for 1st quarter WotF, and get started on this new novel. Hello December.