Writing: Where I Stand

December 12, 2012

Sometimes I feel like a pseudo-expert on a topic simply because I’ve written about it. When I think of all the research I’ve done in order to write compelling articles and characters, it makes sense. Of course, I’m not going to change out old knob-and-tube wiring using knowledge gained from a scene I wrote. Yikes! Still, I know things because I write, and that’s pretty cool.

Another thing that’s pretty cool…I’ve been on a writing high, and not because I’ve sold anything. Frustrating as that is, I now understand it’s hard to sell something when I have nothing out there. (Thank you, Nicole!) For the first time in my life as an active fiction writer, I have three different manuscripts on submission, one a requested partial. I’m feeling very hopeful, but more importantly I’m feeling very accomplished.

To celebrating, I’m writing something new. And after months of being bogged down with worries about what the market wants and staring at a blank page because I couldn’t translate those wants into words, I’m writing what puts a lump in my chest—a good lump, a big ole ball of excitement. Certainly that may backfire in terms of reaching my publication goals. But I have to say I’m writing and enjoying more this way.

I spend months inside a manuscript. Months. It takes mere minutes to read a rejection letter, less if it’s a form. Over the past two years, I’ve spent miserable months inside a couple manuscripts I plotted and planned around submission calls and market trends, only to end up with rejections. If I’m going to get rejected anyway, I’d rather enjoy the months I spend writing. Of course, I’m oversimplifying this, looking for poetic justice maybe, because I’ve read stories about writers who didn’t sell until they “threw caution to the wind.” Maybe 2013 will be the year I join those ranks?

How about you? As the year winds down are you happy with where you’ve been and where you’re going in terms of writing? Successes to share? Rejections you’d like to whine about? I’d love to know.

Elley

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