Hi everyone, how are you all?
I haven’t gotten as much writing done as I would have liked this fortnight. My kids are out of preschool/school on holidays for two weeks so I haven’t had as much time to write as I like. What I find amazing is that if I am doing housework the kids won’t come near me, but if I sit down at the computer to write they bug me incessantly.
Despite this, I did reach one of my goals: I finished this draft of my YA epic fantasy – Yay! I edited this draft on hardcopy so now I have to go through and make the corrections on my computer. After I have done that I am going to send it off to a beta reader. I have had it partially read in the past but I think it’s time to get the whole thing read. I have always been shy about sharing my writing, but everyone strongly suggests getting your work beta read so it’s time I got over my shyness and take the plunge.
Before the school holidays started I manage to complete the read though of the YA urban fantasy that I want to rewrite. I cut a fair bit, but I’m sure I will cut a lot more as I start rewriting. I know where I want to go with it and I want to write an extensive plot before I start the rewrites. I am usually a panster (write as I go) but I need the structure with this one because I’ll need to incorporate the new plot lines with the old ones that work from the manuscript.
My story involves parallel universes and a whole lot of YA books are popping up at the moment, or are planning to be released this year, involving parallel universes, so my book fits the market ATM and I might have a good chance at selling it if I write it in a timely manner. (Though I am under no illusion that I am going to sell the book just because it is trending. I do realise it has to actually be good too)
I had one of my short stories rejected this fortnight. Man, rejection stings. It was a story for an anthology. Ever since my first rejection for an anthology I have been determined to be in one, and will not stop submitting to them until I am in one. I have made it one of my goals.
I am happy to report that I sent a sci-fi short story away today to the Australian sci-fi/fantasy magazine Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. The only reason I got around to sending it was because last writerly update I declared to you all that I would send away a short story a fortnight, so you’ve kept me accountable. I hate not having things out on submission so having to report to you guys gives me that extra push I need.
That’s all from me. Check in next Wednesday for some writing tips, and I’ll be back with another writerly update in a fortnight.
How is your writing going? I’d love to hear from you.
Happy Writing 🙂