Last year about this time my writing started to drag.
It was a lot of things. The weather. Loss of confidence. Lack of direction. Perfectionism that managed to freeze me to the spot. The result was half a dozen incomplete projects and ideas for projects that I never started.
In about March or April I decided to take a class, which I’ve mentioned in a previous post. I also decided to dedicate the next year (at least) to perfecting short story writing. About seven months have passed and I am nowhere near perfect. Heck, I am nowhere near having a clue about what I am doing, in my estimation, but I am working hard on my writing and I have had some successes.
I have had a few rewrite requests. They’re not exactly sales but they are hopeful and proof that I am on the right track.
I have started reading slush for Escape Pod. I am particularly giddy about this as I’ve been listening to EP for 2–3 years now and never in a million years did I think I would be on the inside.
I’ve managed to complete 5 short stories.
I’ve made my first pro sale to An Alphabet of Embers anthology which should be released in May 2015.
I’ve met several wonderful writers that I now consider friends. They offer support, grease for my ego, and guidance when I need it.
I am in a new class now, with Daniel Jose Older. This is has been a blast so far. And I am learning lots. I am sopping up his writing genius with my biscuit brain. 🙂
And I’ve got plans for next year. I want to double my count of completed short stories. That means at least 10 complete stories by the end of the year. And I want to sell at least two more stories in the coming year. Come on friends, cheer me on.
As for writing, this has been a very good year.