Upping My Numbers

Welp. 2015 was underwhelming in terms of story production and acceptances.

Don’t get me wrong: I am grateful to have a story featured in QUICK SHIVERS ABOUT BUGS. Their anthologies have featured stories by writers I admire and crafting a 100 word story around somebody else’s nightmare was real work and taught me a lot.

But I didn’t write as much as I intended and certainly didn’t finish (draft completion, rewriting, polishing, submission) enough.

I did manage to get some work done on novel number two and learned a bunch during NanoWriMo about what wasn’t working and the type of things I need to keep in mind as I pre-write, write and re-write. Apparently the learning curve is steeper than I thought.

I need more practice.

It is tough to be mindful of the interplay of concept, premise, drama, character, setting, theme and structure — especially when you’re squeezing in hours too late at night or too early in the morning.

So, my goal for the first quarter of 2016 is to get that practice — write more stories, polish them and submit to markets of some calibre — and to clear time during the day when my mind is fresh.

I’ve picked three representative, quality markets that don’t lie outside the borders of reality and commit to submit at least one story to each within the next three months. Also will sit down with rejected stories and see if there is work still to be done with them.

Here’s to putting up some better stats in the upper left!

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