Tuesday, 31 July 2007
Also I'm confused about whether I should submit more to non paying outlets. I have read that especially when you are learning your craft that you should build up your portfolio by getting published wherever you can. I have also read that to give away your work is to devalue it. I suppose that I have to decide which I want more.
Monday, 30 July 2007
How's that for a big oak from a little acorn?
Sunday, 29 July 2007
I've heard it said that the later Harry Potter books aren't as good as the earlier ones and they only sell because of the hype surrounding them, but as I've already pointed out I'm not qualified to comment on that.
What I will say is that who amongst us would not like even a tiny piece of the success that J K Rowling has had from the writing of this series of books. I'll tell you right now that I would.
- write 100 words each day on NMBK
- Create a new setting for a couple of old stories.
- Submit the short story that I wrote for Writers News (closing date 16th August so I really need to make sure I do this this week.)
- Edit and resubmit an old story from my short story folder.
Okay so I know this is a bit of a cop out because it's basically the same as what I said I would do last week but the difference is that I'm going to do it this week...promise.
I didn't do a lot of writing really last week because there was so much other stuff going on in my life that took priority. I'm not going to beat myself up about that because as important as my writing is to me there are some things that are more important. I did work on NMBK each day so I was pleased with that. I will try and catch up on some extra work this week.
For my efforts last week I give myself 4/10 but I can live with that under the circumstances.
Thursday, 26 July 2007
It was good to know that I didn't have to if I didn't want to though.
Wednesday, 25 July 2007
Tuesday, 24 July 2007
However I am so glad that write because I've been able to put what I'm thinking and feeling down on paper and it has helped me. It's not anything that is going to be published or even submitted anywhere, it wasn't written for that. I wrote it to help me and it has.
That is why I write. Whatever may come of my writing I do it because I like to. I do it for me. If I can bring anyone alse some pleasure that is a bonus.
Sunday, 22 July 2007
- Work daily on NMBK.
- Edit a couple of stories that were written about the same character. I need to give him more depth.
- Submit the story I edited last week to the Writers News competition.
- Go through the Short Story file and give a rejected story another chance, after polishing it up a bit of course.
There's not a lot this week as I have some other stuff going on in my life this week which will come before writing so I'm not sure just how much time I'll get.
Last week I set the following tasks.
1. Write 500 words on NMBK - did that and then some.
2. Type and edit a story I written in Harrogate - did that and submitted it to Shortalk.
3. Go through short story folder and resubmit an old story - did that.
4. Submit a travel aticle to my local paper - I didn't do that. I decided to send a query to the travel editor who replied saying that they'd just done a piece on a similar subject.
5. Edit the story I wrote for a competition - did it.
I also queried a different magazine about an article I plan to write and although they didn't say they wanted to see the prose they do want to see some photographs.
For last weeks efforts I give myself a 7.5
Thursday, 19 July 2007
I wonder though if I spread myself too thin (it'll be the only bit of me that is too thin.) What I mean by that is that I try to do too much at once. I have my novel, usually a short story and maybe even an article on the go at the same time. Maybe I need to concentrate my efforts. Having said that, surely they all allow me to hone my craft (okay that might be a bit OTT - maybe I should have said that it helps me practice my writing.) And selling a few stories and articles earns me a bit of pin money while I wait for my big break.
I've written in my lunch hour for the last three days which is good. It's good not only because I am writing each day but it also makes me move away from what I'm doing and take a break. So it's good for both my jobs - everybody wins.
Wednesday, 18 July 2007
Tuesday, 17 July 2007
Monday, 16 July 2007
I've just edited a short story for a competition and I can't get the smile off my face. If I say it myself (and lets face it no-one else will...yet) I did a good job. I am very satisfied with the results and the story is much better for it.
I was pretty close to my word limit and there was something else that I wanted to introduce into the story so I knew that I was going to have to do a bit of pruning. By really setting my mind to it I was able to get rid of the odd word here and sentence there. In some cases I changed two words into one that meant the same thing. The result of my pruning was that it gave me the spare words to introduce another element into the main character's life.
A productive hour I think. In fact I think I might have earned a piece of cake with my coffee (just a small one of course.)
Sunday, 15 July 2007
Himself is at work doing something highly technical that I don't understand at all, the kids haven't surfaced yet and the dog has already been walked. So I've spent the morning working on some short stories, pinged off an email or two to various people including the travel editor of our local paper (I figure there's no point submitting my article to them and having it sit on her desk for a month or two before they tell me they no longer accept freelance work.) Then I decided to type and edit the short story that I mentioned in "This week I'll..." I like it but where I'll place it is another thing all together. Where do you pitch a story about a guy on death row the night before his execution? I'm going to have to think about that one.
1. Write 500 words on NMBK - I will try to do more but I'm committing myself to 500. I know at this rate it's going to take me a couple of years to finish it but once I get past this stumbling block of the mid section I'm confident the juices will flow more freely.
2. Type up and edit the story I wrote when I was in Harrogate.
3. Go through my short story folder, polish and resubmit an old story. (It won't sell if it's not out there.)
4. Submit the travel article I wrote about Prague to the local newspaper.
5. Edit and polish the story I wrote for a future Writers News competition.
I can do those. Definately! ( How's that for confidence?)
1. Writing a letter for the Gaurdian's family supplement.
2. preparing and sending my novel/synopsis to an agent.
3. Writing 1000 words on NMBK.
Well, I did the first two but only managed about 200 words on NMBK.
I did however submit a couple of things that weren't on my list.
I received one rejection.
I currently have 14 pieces of work under consideration.
On a scale of 1 -10 I give myself a 7 for my work on last weeks objectives
Saturday, 14 July 2007
The good news is that I my tutor has changed because my original one has now left. I actually feel like this one critiqued my work rather than just criticised it.
I think that I might actually complete it now.
Thursday, 12 July 2007
There were a few things that needed doing, a quick trip to the supermarket which those of you that read my previous blog about how I feel about supermarket shopping will appreciate was a trial for me. Then there was a wizz round with the hoover, 2 loads of washing and some ironing and I even made pizza from scratch (I made the base and everything.)
Then on top of all that domesticity I did the following literary tasks.
1. Submitted a letter to The Guardian.
2. Submitted a short story to Shortalk.
3. Submitted a short story to The Weekly News
and last but by no means least
4. Submitted my novel to an agent.
On the downside though, a story that I sent to the DC Thomson central submission department was rejected. I actually think the story is good but maybe just the wrong market. I'm consoling myself that a few of the stories I've sold had been rejected by the first editor I sent them to. I'm not sure I like central submission departments, it seems impersonal but if that's the way they want it I guess I'll have to get used to it. I've had to get used to worse things in the past.
Wednesday, 11 July 2007
I had to go to The Borders today and on my way home on the train the sky was really dark with just one shaft of sunlight hitting the sea. It was gorgeous and inspirational. Now I just have to work out what it was inspiring me to do.
Tuesday, 10 July 2007
Monday, 9 July 2007
Sunday, 8 July 2007
On the other hand it you get your manuscript back and it bares the marks of being held and thumbed and read that is very satisfying. It could of course mean that the editer screwed it into ball before they tossed it to one side, but I choose not to think so.
I might get the hang of this in amillion years.
Anyway, on my previous blog I stated that it was Sunday morning but when I viewed it apparently I wrote it on Saturday. Just wanted to point out that this was not the case and I am not bonkers - I just clearly live in as different time zone or maybe even a different temperal plane to the rest of the world. (Maybe that's why I've had nothing accepted for months - I'm existing in parallel universe.)
NOTE TO SELF: Must stop watching re-runs of Star Trek.
So for w/c 08/07/2007 I will
1. Write a letter to the Guardian's family page.
2. Write 1000 words in NMBK (my novel)
3. Prepare and send of the manuscript to the agent that was suggested to me.
I know that doesn't seem a lot but what's the point in setting long lists that I'm never going to have the time to do?
Saturday, 7 July 2007
Himself and sons number 1 and 2 seem no worse for my absense other than son number 1 hasn't had a cooked meal all week. But hey, he's big enough and ugly enough to take care of himself and I'm sure he hasn't gone hungry.
No reply's from any of the places that are considering my stories/articles but at least that means that there were no rejections I suppose. No acceptances either but you can't have everything.
Sunday, 1 July 2007
I have to go away with the day job tomorrow until Friday and won't have access to the internet so I'll be back in 5 or 6 days time. Hope you miss me.
At least I should get the opportunity to write while I'm away because there'll be nothing else to do in the evenings all alone in my hotel room. (Are you feeling sorry for me yet?)