I wasted a week revising an article into the trash. I haven’t written that many articles, and I thought this one was neat, until I read it aloud. Good concept, spectacularly awful delivery. Note to self: need more non-fiction practice. And with enough time wasted, I moved forward and back to the fiction.
My current projects are first and foremost a short story I’m writing for the Triangulation anthology. Last Contact being the them makes me instantly think Science Fiction, along the lines of a First Contact gone horribly wrong. So I will most definitely NOT be writing that. It is science fiction, but it doesn’t touch aliens. A beautiful city with sculptures and art of glass, streaming colors across the city by day, and capturing the stars by night. Except one woman’s life is about to go horribly horribly wrong. The working title is “Surrender” but I think it’ll change.
I’m also preparing to get back into the novel. To write 40k this month is going to be tough, but maybe not impossible. I might take my laptop on the trip to NY next week, or I might take a notebook and many pens. 🙂 I’m ok with transcription.
Off to torture my characters now. Hope you’re having a good writing week.
I was only marginally good with non-fiction in college, and even now… I spent the last week writing and rewriting a memoir-ish essay for my blog, now I’m not sure if I want to post it. I just want to be done with it so I can purge my soul and move back to fiction.
Good luck with the torturing 🙂
Hah, exactly! Heart matters in writing, doesn’t it?
Thanks for the luck — sending some your way, too.
Nooooooo it’s not time wasted. It’s all valuable practice time and experience, getting into the rhythm of writing, your style, finding the right genre. It’s a journey you are taking with stops on the way. I completed the first draft a short story today, so I’m feeling better than last week when I couldn’t think of much to write, so I read instead. Enjoy your journey. Write for yourself and it will come. :O)
I like your perspective, Madeleine. Thank you. 🙂