Been awhile since I’ve done some accounting for myself.
Here’s what I’ve been doing writing-wise:
1. Figuring out what the heck I wanted to write. A couple months ago I hit that point where it was time to work on a new project. I don’t know if you’re anything like this, but I have project after project after project in my head. So it came down to What did I want to write? Initially I decided to work on a story I call The Line. Then I was having a really hard time figuring out where I wanted to go with it. So I went to another project, The Manager, but discovered I didn’t have the writing skill to pull off what I wanted to do. So I switched to another project, which I call Members of the Club. But I didn’t actually start on that one, just brainstormed around and went back to the first one. This back-and-forth took up about three weeks of my time.
2. Figuring out how I wanted to write. At first, I thought that I would write my masterpiece on the computer, because I was having such success with short stories that way. Turns out, writing a short story and writing a novel are two different things and I have two different processes. Switched to handwriting on the novel and it’s been trucking right along. (I wonder why this is? A mental thing, I’m sure.) Plus, my computer crashed, so I was without that for a little bit. (It’s back on track now, for those who were concerned.)
3. Playing around with Word. I figure, speaking of writing on computers, that I should really know about the software I’m using. Every now and then, I’ll open up a new document just for playing. I play with setting indents and tracking changes and formatting and all of the goofy stuff that this program can do. Learning a lot.
4. I submitted some poetry around. I’ll let you know how that goes. This is really the first time I’ve ever submitted poetry. I’ve written quite a bit, but never released it. So fingers crossed, and we’ll see about racking up some rejections in the corner.
Come on, my writerly people? What have you been up to?
Jenny writes dark fiction that her mother hates. Her stories and essays have appeared in Across the Margin, Pantheon, Shimmer, Black Denim Lit, Skive, and others. When she’s not writing her own stuff, she’s reading mysteries for Criminal Element. When she’s not writing fiction or reviews, she’s writing/directing/performing/designing plays at Springs Ensemble Theatre.