I feel a little like an absentee parent around here. I’ve been neglecting my tiny patch of digital space, but I’ve had a good reason. Really, I do. If you’ve been following my infrequent updates this year, you know I’ve been in a bit of a dry spot with my writing. Since finishing the first draft of a novella in February, I didn’t make progress on much of anything. No revisions, no new stories, I wasn’t even keeping up with submissions very well.
I’d be lying if I said this dry patch didn’t concern me. It did, and I think that actually made it harder to work my way out of it. I wasn’t writer blocked. I certainly had a lot of story ideas, I simply wasn’t getting it done. Finally, I got sufficiently tired of that, and put away all of the things that could (and were) allowing me to be distracted. I forced myself to slog through a story revision to the completion, which happened about ten days ago.
Inspired by that success, I decided to write a flash story and five days later, I submitted the final manuscript to–well, let’s just say it’s out there where it should be in a slush pile. I finished another revision yesterday, and that story is also now out in the cruel world looking for acceptance (but likely to find rejection, at least for a while). Today, I’m turning my attention to another story revision, a “horror” short story with a twisty ending that needs work, and I have another flash story idea queued up to write as soon as the revision is done (or maybe earlier, if the right inspiration comes). Oh, and I refreshed submissions; the rejected stories sitting around collecting dust are back out hunting for homes.
This all feels great, even if I still have the nagging feeling that I’m not all the way back on track again. Finding the way out of a rough patch is always tough, especially in a field where rejection is the norm and success the exception. Maybe after I finish the next revision I’ll shake those final concerns and really get rolling again.
Oh, and I plan to visit here more often, too, so keep your eyes open for more frequent updates.