Writing Update for August

Ok, everyone. The clouds are starting to part a bit, things are getting back to normal. Feeling good…Turns out August has been BUSY, really busy. I hear that other people are out there, taking vacation…Right now. But sadly not true for yours truly. As they say, “No rest for the wicked.” So, my vacation will have to wait for until mid-September…So…

Let’s take a peak at the writing I managed this month.

Writing Process

The Writing
Alright, warming up, getting limber and getting back at it.

A little slower this month, but, like I said, life and work have chewed up a lot of attention this month. So, this month I’ve managed 4,061 words. Not a lot too bad for me. I usually aim for about 4,000 a month with all the other commitments I have taken into account. And I will add whatever I do this weekend to the total, but that still leaves me a bit behind…But…

I think the words are good and the story I’m working on is solid and growing. I also stopped a little prematurely on latest writing day at a high point, so I could pick up the story easily where I left off. And, today at the gym on the literal treadmill (well, actually, the bike), I figured out the perfect ending to the chapter. It’s got emotional lift, character development, bittersweet-ness. Agh! Can’t wait to write it…Damn!

So, that’s coming this weekend, Y’all!

Total Word Count: 4,061

The Submissions
Also did some more submitting this month. And waiting for Sept. 1 to come so I can start flogging my literary story more vigorously. Did get two submissions out there this month, but heard nothing back from editors, negative or positive. I also have one story still out there which I submitted last month…

…So, just waiting, waiting, waiting.

Total Submissions this Month: 2

Acceptances: 0

Rejections: 0

Total Stories Out: 3

The Pre-Writing
So why is it I get my best ideas when I should be doing something else? Why is it that all these ideas assault me on the street? At the gym? At lunch? During meetings? In the bathroom? When I’m minding my own business?

Ideas

Well, thank God for: Post-It Notes, the Notes App on my phone, pen and paper and good, old-fashioned short-term memory. I have captured 2-3 solid story ideas this month. And I have this weird feeling it’s because I am deeply engaged in writing something that commands all my attention.

Oh well, that’s the way it goes. The good thing is I have captured and fleshed out a couple of cool ideas that I can’t wait to get to some day…And that’s a great thing!


There we go! My writing update for August.

Not that much to it. Still writing, still thinking, still submitting. So, I’ll take it. Let me know what you’re up to in the Comments.

See you next time,

Darius


[Original post was updated to reflect true word count for August of 4,061 words. I also deleted the words “a lot.”]

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Here’s To You, the Writer

Boy, I was going to write about something totally different today, until I sat down to write this…Oh well, that’s the way it goes and that’s what I feel. So, here it is…Hope you’re ready for this one!

Writer Gif

It’s tough being a writer. Sometimes, it’s really tough. You face days, week, months (a lifetime?) of creating in silence only to reveal your work in the hope that someone–anyone–out there likes it. That it connects. But during the process you have no idea whether you are will connect or not. It’s not like music or acting, where you can FEEL whether you’re bombing immediately. You just have to move forward, in faith, believing you’re not bombing. That can be tough.

You face being ignored, being rejected, (being laughed at!), being underpaid or not even paid at all! And for what? What? So you can leave a few scraps of papers with your etching on it for later generations.

I’m sorry if I paint too bleak a picture. But here’s the thing…Despite…Despite all these things, there are those of us who do it. Who persist. Despite the rejection, the fear, the trepidation, the low pay…And, most importantly, I want you to know that despite all these things, it’s still worth it. I still believe it’s what I’m here to do.

And maybe, just maybe you feel the same. So, Writer, here’s to you. Despite the long hours, the anxiety, the hard work, the rejection, the low pay. You have found it worth persisting. (After all, you’re here, reading this blog…Aren’t you?). You live, in part, for those great writing days where you really nail it, for that perfect scrap of dialogue, that well-crafted metaphor, the one gesture from your protagonist that says it all without them uttering a single word.

And if someone likes it. Laughs or sighs or weeps when they read it, all the better. And if someone wants to pay you a million dollars to make it into a movie, that’s great too. But it’s the quality of writing and the act itself where the real triumph lies. Not in the awards or money or recognition. All those external things are dust already…The writing…The writing is what remains down a thousand years.

Don’t lose that, that joy, and you’ll keep it up alright. Just like me.

Best of luck, Writer, and I hope I become your reader some day.

Keep it up,

Darius