Long Haul Writing

I mostly write short stories. In the last couple of years I’ve been writing and editing and submitting and editing and submitting and reworking and trunking and occasionally finding success and writing and editing poems and short pieces of fantasy, horror and SF. This year, I’ve had a couple of things come out (in places like Apex Magazine and Bastion SF, no less!) which has been very exciting and fun. I still have a story due out shortly at Shock Totem

Aaaaaaaand that’s about it. Nothing out on sub, except a reprint. I’m waiting for a couple of markets to re-open, and I’ve been tinkering with some stories, but mostly, I’ve been clawing my way through draft zero of the novel I’m working on.

The first 25,000 words were pretty breezy. I knocked out quite a bit during Nanowrimo last year (although November is basically MONTH OF DEATH for my day job, so that kinda makes it difficult).

Let me tell you, the next 10,000 words or so were like simultaneously pulling teeth and fingernails whilst riding a large excitable dog and trying to put on eyeliner.*

Luckily for me (and anyone who spends time in my company) things are getting (slightly) easier. I think I’ve finally broken through the tricky bits and the end is in sight.

So, with a bit of work and luck, I’ll have my draft finished by October, which is the deadline Chuck Wendig gave me.

He’s promised to steal the idea if I don’t write it all down by then, the bastard.**

So! Wish me luck writing my rather queer YA science fiction adventure! I’m having a blast and I hope that I manage to pull it off!

 

 

*I am really, REALLY not good at this. It’s basically an awful lot of poking and cursing.

**I actually wildly adore Chuck and would never question his lineage.

 

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4 comments

  1. Ah, so exciting, Emma! You can do it! I can’t wait to read it.

    I’ve just started the slog of turning one of my short stories into a novella. Chuck Wendig has given me no timeframe, though he can if he wants to.

    Best of all the luck and I wish you many easy words.

  2. Marlee Jane · · Reply

    Ah, so exciting, Emma! You can do it. I can’t wait to read it.

    I’ve just started the slog of turning one of my short stories into a novella. Chuck Wendig has given me no timeframe, though he can if he wants to, ha!

    Best of all the luck and I wish you easy words.

    1. Thank you! I need to do some serious editing, but that comes later! Right now, just trying to smash it out.

      Good luck with the novella! 🙂

    2. Sorry – just saw this! Thank you! 🙂

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