This story making business is difficult to navigate and sometimes it feels like the shore itself is never close.
The world you’re trying to create may never come to fruition on the page or in a bookstore, online, or anywhere else books find their places.
The shores of stories are built within the framework of everything else.
There must be a way to create them(writing), there must be a way to get them right(editing), and there must be a way for the world to see them(agent, publisher, online, or whatever the means may be).
The difficult part for some of us it getting it on the page. This is either because we don’t understand what that entails or we think it’s easy. Both of these are easily fixed.
The first part is the easier of the two. We reach moments where it’s hard to get words on the page. We reach them and call it writer’s block. We’re not blocked. Our minds didn’t just shut down. There is a reason we can’t write another word and the answer is within the story itself. What happened in the story to cause us to blank? Find that and fix the problem and the “block”.
Now comes the part we loath. Those who haven’t written a book think it’s easy. Those who haven’t written a short story think the same thing.
If you haven’t written a book or short story through all of the editing, it’s damn hard.
I hate editing for a reason. I would rather be writing a new story, but I have to edit. It’s an imperative to edit.
This year my goal is go through the promising stories I wrote in the last couple of years. There are quite a few of them. When I’d finish a book, I’d write a group of short stories that weren’t in the genre of the previous story, or if they were it was different section of that genre.
Horror has many sub-genres. If I wrote haunted house book, I’d do something with cults, witches, demons, possession. Also vice-versa.
I had to give my mind a break.
I wrote at least fifty short stories. I’ll be going through all of them and submitting them. Most of them are horror, though a couple are not.
But I will go through all of them in order to fix them.
I can’t not write, but I have to look at editing as writing and that has always been my problem.
I’ve talked enough about my editing issues on here to fill a few chapbooks. I’ll get it done this year.
Oh, and that story I talked about the 25,000 missing words, I finished that story. So, I’ll be writing some short stories for a while too.
Have a good week and get some things done.