Well, it’s been quite a week! I’ve managed to write a couple of blog posts this week. I wrote about 4 pages of my current novel project. (That sounds so pathetic, doesn’t it? I will get better!) I’ve worked on the short story revision, adding material that should clear up some confusion about the plot. And I’ve come to a conclusion about this story: I don’t think I will be able to trim any fat. But, the question this raises is do I just not see any potential trimming places because I’m so close to the story? Assuming that’s the case, I have decided to get the story workshopped.
Have you heard about Critters? It’s an online workshop for SF, fantasy, and horror stories. I’ve been a member on and off for some time now. Check it out if you have a story that needs work. It’s a private workshop, meaning that the public does not have access to the stories being submitted. This prevents the story from being considered as ‘published’ while it is being evaluated. The trick of the workshop is that you have to be actively critiquing other people’s work before you can hope to have your own put into the workshop queue. I’ve fallen behind in my volunteering in the past, but this time I should be able to do it.
So, my next week will look somewhat like this:
- Put the revisions into the short story and submit it to Critters.
- Critique a story for Critters.
- Write for 15 minutes a day on my current novel.
Princess and I will be gone on Sunday, so that may keep me from writing one day. But, I hope to have a good solid report regardless.
Have a great week, and keep cranking plot!