Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Writing, work and editing

It is incredibly busy at work, so busy that last week, we almost had no time to breath.  Why do I mention this, you ask?  Because, for the last month, I have been attempting to whittle out time to edit White Guardian.  I feel in my bones that this could be a good story if I could just find the time to work on it and improve it.  I can see many of my flaws as a beginning writer and I have a plan but have been unable to execute it.  I have found little bits of time to write a tiny bit each day but the longer, more involved work still remains tabled.  When it is busy, there is a lack of time to focus, a lack of time to think, which since editing is all about analytical thought instead of pure creative energy equals no editing.  Solution= I am going to have to take the time at home to work on this.  I have vacation at the end of September.  Come hell or high water, this is my editing time.  I can plan 3 whole days to work and at least make some progress.  Here I come!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Contest News

So disappointed.  My short story did not win and from the sound of the feedback I received, didn't even come close.  I was told that they were looking for something more original and that it was too easy for the characters.  And the worst part, is thinking about it objectively, they are right.  It is cute and the character is interesting but the story could be developed more and the situation could have been more work for the characters.  Ah, well, live and learn and if I want to continue to hone my craft, I need to take the good with the bad and learn from the feedback I am given.  Not to say I have to like it but learn from it, yes, or I will never make it as a writer.  At least they did give me feedback and were quite kind in how it was phrased.  I also was given a couple links to e-zines to submit to and I did at least take the risk.  Can't win if you don't ever try...