Wednesday, November 3, 2010

So many markets, not enough stories

The past few days I've become really, really excited about some of the short stories that... I am not working on.

Part of this comes from the fact that I've been diligent in my submissions and re-submissions lately, so I'm discovering all these cool new markets I'd like to submit to. And yet, I don't have enough work to satiate them all. The other motive for my craving is that I've got about six tales on the backburner that need completing/jiggling/rewriting, but that I don't have the time for at the moment, what with the novel project consuming my brains from the inside out.

So the twenty-four hour day is kind of getting me down, I guess. But... I think it's always a good feeling to have, that feeling of: "Oh, man, I wish I had time for that other writing project." It keeps the future looking bright, even though the futures I usually write about are gritty and dark. Bright; unless, of course, it completely overrides or gets in the way of the work-in-progress.

But that's not the case at the moment. Instead, I'm just salivating over potential, while cranking out something else equally enjoyable - though highly time-intensive.

I guess the point is that I can't wait to finish Panopticron, because - man, writing a novel is so long. That's the problem with keeping motivated when working on a novel; and that's why I'm practicing it (or how I rationalize the activity, anyhow). Eventually, I'd like to have written a whole bunch of novels, and I've got to break the ice of those 100,000 related words to do so.

Although, Misty Cleareyes needs a re-write, also. That was supposed to begin on November 6th. Definitely not happening. Not with all those other stories clamouring for attention.

So many projects, so little time!

-bn

3 comments:

  1. I, too, find it's hard to balance the desire to get things out with novel writing. With the internet nowadays, there's a huge disconnect between being a writer (which takes time) and the speed at which the business side (by which I mean submissions, learning, etc) happen. I literally feel I can't keep up, or that I'm not keeping up. It's hard to remember that writing takes time.

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  2. Jeff,

    I think you've hit the nail on the head: "It's hard to remember that writing takes time." I think I forget that far too often, and try to force things through as quickly as possible.

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  3. I totally feel with you. I've got seven stories I'd like to work on: 2 that just need a polish before submitting, 3 that need rewrites and critiques, and 2 that are totally new. And I haven't touched a story since I started my novel in July. I'm hoping to finish this month, with the feverish pitch of NaNoWriMo keeping up my momentum. And then, even though I have another novel I'd like to work on, I think I'll take a break from that and work on the seven stories, and possibly more, before getting back into something long. But the real question is, how much can I get done before the requisite slowdown that will follow the new baby?

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