Hi Everyone, welcome to my writerly update for this week. I managed to write to some degree every day this week, so yay!
I might do things a little different this week and show you what I did each day, though it wasn’t my most productive week by far.
Monday I didn’t do much writing at all. I did an edit of a flash fiction piece and typed up a possible new opening for a fantasy novella I wrote ages ago and would like to look at when I have time, hopefully soon.
To me this was not a very productive day at all.
Tuesday I worked on the rewrite of chapter 2 of my contemporary YA novel. This day felt much more productive.
Wednesday I came up with an idea for a shiny new sci-fi novel that I have no clue when I’ll be able to get around to writing. Ideas are one thing I don’t really need right now. And although I had other things I should be doing, I couldn’t help writing the plot points down as they came to me.
I also recently found out that Koala Books is opened for submissions until February 28 2014 for Picture books (Australia only). I have a couple of picture book ideas rattling around in my head, so I looked at one I had a draft of, wasn’t feeling it, looked at the other one I had a draft of and wasn’t feeling that either so I gave up. I’d like to send a picture book manuscript to them but only if I can write a good one. I’ll update you next week about whether I came up with something submittable or not.
Thursday I tried to work on a picture book again with no luck. I went back to my YA contemporary and finished the rewrite of chapter 2.
Friday I did an edit of a romantic short story I am working on to submit to the Australia Love Stories anthology, which submissions close February 28 2014.
Saturday I did another edit of my romantic short story.
And today I rewrote the whole of chapter 3 of my YA contemporary.
Altogether it hasn’t been a productive week for me. By the end of this week I realised that I am focusing too much on short stories. I know that I wanted to submit more short stories this year, but I’ve been trying to submit too many. A lot of the places I wanted to submit to all had deadlines in February and I was trying to submit to them all. In the end I had to drop some because I couldn’t get them all done in time. It’s taking time away from my novels, and as much as I love short stories, I want to get an agent this year so I need a finished manuscript to do that. From March I will limit myself to one short story submission and possibly one flash fiction piece a month.
I was more productive when I was writing my YA sci-fi novel, my fairytale retelling and The Girl In The Mirror than I am now trying to juggle short story deadlines and my YA contemporary. I am really missing my fairytale retelling and The Girl In The Mirror and are itching to get back to writing them again.
There are two short stories I plan on submitting before February 28th, after that I’ll cut back and start focusing on my novels again.
Writing is all about priorities, and I need to get back on track with mine.
How was your writing week? Were you very productive? I’d love to hear from you.
Happy Writing 🙂