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FM Writers Merry Go Round Blog Tour: Publication Fears

FMWriters is traveling the web via the Merry Go Round Blog Tour. Site members have grouped together to write monthly on themed topics and turn the blog tour concept on its head: we’re not the ones touring: you are, as you read one writer’s perspective after another. This is my contribution to the Merry Go Round Tour. Enjoy your ride. ~ Dawn

 When it comes to writing, I perceive there to be two kinds of fears: the first being that voice in my head that throws the meanest what-if’s at me to keep me from getting stuff done. There’s also the stuff that truly is scary. It’s as real for writing as it is for publication.

Regarding ‘that voice’, the one that tries to sabotage me at ever step? It makes me think of, what if I hate it afterwards? What if the editors forgot to edit it, or fix my requested proof changes? What if everyone hates it?

 Then there’s the more realistic but still irrational, “What if no one likes it?” or worse, “What if everyone hates it?”

 Publication is about taste and opinions, first of the editor and the magazine they run, and second by the general public the editor has gauged should like your story. The honest truth is that not everyone will like my story. Not everyone will get it. Stories are built on a combination of my experience plus my imagination. If my writing can carry both over to you visually via the written word, I’m thrilled, and I really hope you love it. But if you don’t, it doesn’t mean I’m a bad writer. I had faith in myself, and my editors have faith in my story, or they wouldn’t have bought it.

 How about the way I like to put little bits of my own experience into my stories? Cara’s Heartsong plays on my passions as a mother. How Cherry Coke Saved My Life carries my personal mantra of make the best of every situation. Time Monkeys and the Fullness of Glasses ties into my need for order and organization. Good thing I fade to black on adult scenes.

 When it comes down to it, in writing at least, there are two kinds of people: one that cowers from their fears, letting it sabotage their attempts at success, and one that that says “screw you–oh wait, I can use you in a story!”

 You know where I stand. If you’re part of the former group, I hope you can ease past your fears and give yourself a chance. I’ve never regretted any of my publications. If you’re in the latter, I look forward to reading your work.

 Dawn

 Today’s post was inspired by Forward Motion’s Merry-Go-Round topic, Publication Fears”. If you want to get to know nearly twenty other writers and read about their ideas, then check out the Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour..

 

Cara’s Heartsong sold to Daily Science Fiction

Daily Science Fiction has accepted a second story for publication – Cara’s Heartsong.  I don’t have a publication date yet, but will let you know when it’s available, probably in the next month or two.

 

Family and Your Writing

So what does your family think of your writing? Mine have become more supportive now that I’m producing readable material. 🙂 My brother however has always read my work, though he tends to like the darker pieces better. I was revising a fantasy romance this evening when he drops me an IM. It’s precious and warms my heart. There are times I write dark stories so he’ll have something enjoyable to read, but this one wasn’t it. But I do appreicate when he asks me about my writing.

Me;   but not sure you’d like it, it’s kind of a love story.
Brother:  with a tragic ending?
Me:  not so much 😉 that’s why you wouldn’t like it
Brother:  then it’s unrealistic
Me:  it’s fantasy.   everything I write is unrealistic.

nighthunter continued

I’ve been battling POV and continuing the edit (somewhat) but I’ve at least decided I still like first person for this story.  I’m leaning toward past tense now, though present tense nags me just as much.  I’m just going to have to make a choice at some point.  Maybe tonight, because I have lots planned for this week.

Black Violas needs me.  Tiger Princess needs me.  I have research.  I have a day off, which was supposed to be for writing, but it’s getting eaten up with baking plans and house cleaning that I’ve neglected for too long.  So yes, I really need to choose.

I’m giving myself a deadline of tonight to make the decision.  After that, I continue the edit, and be done with it in a day or two.

nagging stories, taking over my life

I wrote Maya’s story.  I wrote it, and she’s refusing to leave me alone.  I’ve got the fixes for the story already in my head, sooner than I’ve ever had the desire to edit a story (six days after writing it).  I guess I’d better hit it while I’ve got the desire.

The problem I have with this, is I have three other short stories (two in edit, one in draft) that have a 3/31 deadline.  Maya, I so want to tell you to get in line, but I love my muse too much to refuse an untimely gift.

So, editing tonight.  Maybe if I get to the Nighthunter’s Bite edits, it’ll clear my head to hit Violas.  Hopefully, I can get moving early enough on it, and stay up late.  Might not be room for much sleep tonight. 😉

more violas

Violas… new opening, definitely going with 1st person pov.  Not sure of the ending yet, but reshaping the story.  Mostly, I’m rewriting it, not just revising.  None of the writing/language really thrilled me in the first draft, so I really just went through the original manuscript and chose which lines I really like and want to keep if I can.  The rest, is just an outline.

nighthunter’s bite

You’re welcome Maya.  Go collect some souls, will you?  Let me write some other stories now. 😉

Yes, it’s done.  Finally.  The ending doesn’t seem exactly right, I was torn on who should die, but I think I made the right choice.  Now, to tuck this one away until I’m ready to edit it.