Ask and you shall receive. Sort of.

Further attesting to my sleep deprivation and head-stuffiness: the flash fiction contest is NOT open for another two weeks. Voting is closed, so just let me reiterate once more thank you so much to those who voted, to those who liked it, and to those who asked me to consider expanding it. Now I just have to keep my fingers crossed and see how everything plays out.

Onwards. In my last post (which was yesterday! IΒ know!) I whined noted that I haven’t had any writing to work on lately. Editing (for other people) yes, but no writing of my own, and no real editing of my own projects either. Last night, however, I had my Wordsmiths meeting and the last exercise was to write for twenty minutes based on a visual prompt – in this case, one of three paintings that our chair for the evening brought in. I love these exercises because they force me to write and they force me to write something other than whatever giant WIP I have going on at the moment. Anyhow, sometimes I find these exercises to be a real challenge, particularly if I haven’t slept or if I have a cold, or, you know, both. But last night I just ran with it and what I came up with I can see expanding either into a short or possibly into a longer work. If it looks like it is going to be on the longer side, I’ll have to settle for notes and maybe a scene here or there. The current work has to come first. But for now, it is simmering, and it’s nice to have something writing-related to toy with for a bit.

This morning I was also considering my WIP and managed to get myself very excited at the thought that maybe I could at least start working on the first set of chapters. After all, most (though not all) of my draft readers have made it to at least Chapter 3. Maybe I could get those back at least and by the time I’d made those revisions, my readers would have more for me to work on. Then, just as I was really getting into the little dance I was doing in my head at the thought of getting back at it, the bigger picture occurred to me. This will be fourth draft. I can’t work on it piecemeal. My readers are going to be giving me their suggestions not only line by line but overall – if they want me to change something in Chapter 21 that gets alluded to in Chapter 4, I need to have the whole thing in front of me so that there aren’t continuity errors. I hope that there’s nothing major but I recognize now that I really can’t work on the earlier bits while waiting for later ones.

So much for that plan.

And so, while it seemed like I suddenly had all kinds of writing projects suddenly springing up around me, what I actually have is at least one new thread dangling in front me – or possibly two, since I’m still considering another writing prompt exercise from a couple of weeks ago as well (ooo! Wait…I’m suddenly realizing a possibility for combining those! Hmmmmm.).


But hey, that’s more than I had yesterday!


5 thoughts on “Ask and you shall receive. Sort of.

  1. Is this Wordsmiths event a local thing? Nationwide? Sounds like you’re making progress. Who are you having read your novel for you, btw?

    • Hi Jae. It’s a local thing, the link is at the bottom of the page. It’s a good group to be in. πŸ™‚ My readers at the moment are all people I know (some of whom are writers) but I’m also having excerpts critiqued in my writing course.

      • Shucks, you’re lucky to have it then. Sounds like a lot of fun. And it’s cool that you’re so on top of stuff and moving right along with your future career. I’m glad to have discovered you and your blog. I look forward to reading about your progress. πŸ™‚

        • Thank you so much! Though I don’t know if feel “on top of stuff” very often…but it’s nice to know I’m giving off that impression. πŸ˜€

          I consider myself very lucky to have the wordsmiths – it’s a great group of people, with very diverse styles.


  2. Imagine how you’ll find when all your readers come back to you. You’ll have a nice time giving the work that one final polish! I’m glad you’ve got something to tide you other, though; I know well the feeling of wanting a new project, but not quite being done with a previous one.

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