I’ve wandered off my writing piste. The weather’s fine, but I’m lost in heavy going.
Maybe I’m on the wrong horse. No point in riding a fast sprinter when you’re in it for the long haul. Sprinters are for short stories, writer in Languedoc, but you have something else in mind now, don’t you?
But which way to go?
There’s no worn track to follow. I’m going to have to make my own way.
See, the thing is, it doesn’t matter how many times you read how other people do their thing, how they organise their time for writing, whether they pants it first and sort it afterwards. Some of them will tell you get your outline, plot your scenes, follow this rule, follow that one. Get the backbone straight before you give it legs. It’s got to have a sound skeleton (structure) before it can run (be good enough to publish).
Yes, yes. I know, I know. And I’m grateful to all the wonderful writers out there who freely give of their experience and time to help others. Well, maybe they do want you to buy their How To book, and why not? What they have to say has helped other writers find some measure of success in this fiercely competitive world we want to break into.
However, dammit, it doesn’t matter how successful all these other writers are at following their path, because when it comes right down to it –
THAT WAS THEIR PATH.
You are on YOURS.
Let me take stock of my writing journey. It’s September and through my year so far I’ve accomplished what I set out to do.
1. New Year’s Resolution – get a website. Check.
2. Blog regularly on said website. Check.
3. Learn about SEO and other wizardry. Check.
4. Tweet regularly and support other authors without always peddling your own stuff. Check.
5. Get Mick’s collection of short stories out on Kindle. Check.
6. Prepare Arse(d) Ends for paperback version. Check.
7. Finish that Airport short story and submit it. Check. Sold it.
8. Keep up to date with new ideas for more short stories. Check.
9. Have another go at writing something for serialisation. Half-check.
10. I didn’t have a tenth thing on my must-do list.
So, what’s the problem, Writer in Languedoc? It sounds to me like you’ve been busy.
Oh, I’ve been very busy. But, I’m in a maze. That’s the problem. I have a decision to make about which way to go now.
I have three novels ready for final edit.
I’m going to choose one of them and get it out there.
But which one?
The family saga – an epic 140,000 words spanning 1934 to 2010? The psychological drama? The one with the theme that hides itself?
I’ll probably write a few more short stories while I’m thinking.