It would appear that winter has finally appeared in the Erie area. We’ve had a blessedly mild November up to this point, but the snow is beginning to swirl and dust the ground. It’s a good thing I have plenty to do indoors.
I have a rough draft for a short story, and I’m letting it sit for a day or two before I go through it with a red pen and much head-shaking. Thankfully, even as I cross out huge sections and write frantic question marks to sentences that just don’t make sense, I can tell myself it’s called a “rough” draft. Whenever I first write out a story, I’m reminded of and encouraged by Anne Lamott’s “Shitty First Drafts,” an excerpt from her book Bird by Bird. If you haven’t read it, you need to take a look (you can read it here).
Besides the writing, I’m also trying to reformat my Etsy shop and get my butt moving on my Patreon art work, so all those together should keep me busy throughout the winter. Well, and we have the holidays coming of course. Yeesh.
All righty, folks, I just wanted to touch base, but now I need to get back to it. I’ll let you all know how my second draft work goes. It’s gotta be better than the first, right?
As my dad would say, here’s the deal: in my last blog, I spoke about my intention to participate in the 2015 NaNoWriMo. However, since posting that, my life has taken a couple of crazy turns and I find I am suddenly swamped with unexpected tasks and activities. That amounts to me not finding time to do squat, and I’ve barely touched my NaNoWriMo word count. So I’ve made the decision not to go for it this year.
HOWEVER! That does not mean I do not want to get any writing done! On the contrary, I’m merely changing gears. Rather than frantically attempting to crank out 50,000 words before the end of month, I want to work on writing a complete short story. I could write the 50k words and still not have a finished story, and I feel like it would be a much more productive use of my time and a better chance to hone my skills if I focus on actually completing a short story by the end of the month. I will feel much more accomplished if I tackle the rough draft, editing, and polishing of a story that I can then submit to literary magazines.
So that’s the plan, folks. I won’t be forcing myself to write copious piles of garbled words this month. Instead, I will work on completing a story that I will then be able to add to my portfolio and hopefully get published in the not-too-distant future. This goal is attainable, and I will attain it by the end of November.
That being said…let’s get started on that rough draft.