Happy Halloween! Since I’m a horror writer now, it makes sense for me to post my quarterly update on October 31. Or this is finally when I had time to post. Either way, how’d I do? How’d last quarter hold against prior quarters? Let’s find out.
- Words written = 1,170
- Submissions = 27
- Rejections = 32
- Acceptances = 1
- Shortlists = 0
- Publications = 1
- Rewrites = 0
- Withdrawals = 0
My 3Q21 is almost a mirror image to my 2Q21. The word count was down, but who’s quibbling over 1170 v. 2050. Either is anemic. The submissions (27 v. 29) and rejections (32 v. 31) were spot on. I even had a single acceptance, keeping alive my streak (and goal) of one a quarter.
As I said, the words written weren’t much to look at. They consisted of adding about 900 words to the middle-grade novel I wrote last year and am currently editing, and the rest went to a flash story I needed to lengthen to open up more submission markets.
What’s my excuse this time? There’s the usual over-scheduled schedule. However, I’ve been thinking about it, and I think it’s something else. As I’ve mentioned here in the past, I do the majority of my writing brainstorming (i.e. working out plot points and developing new ideas) while on my morning runs. Due to a foot injury, I haven’t run since May 19. Developing ideas and plots on my runs in turn motivates me to write. No running = no brainstorming = no motivation. Either I need to heal, or I need to find another brainstorming process.
The one acceptance and publication is a reprint short story. The good folks at MetaStellar published “Cramping Your Style” on their website. Read for free here.
What’s on tap for 4Q21? This is usual my best quarter words-wise thanks to National Novel Writing Month in November. This year, I’m writing the sequel to the middle-grade book I wrote during last year’s NaNoWriMo. As is often the case with writers, I have the beginning and ending worked out in my head. I simply need to flesh out that pesky middle. Here’s hoping inspiration strikes at some point in November.
First, congrats on the acceptance. Yeah! Always good when you can notch one of those!
As for the running, I hear you. I used to have really great ideas at the gym, especially during my pre-workout aerobic session on the bike. Ideas just seemed to flow into my head. Now that I don’t do that anymore (pandemic), I struggled to find something to take its place. Now, I meditate (12-15 minutes at a time) and go for walks (prior to my at-home workouts). I have found both help generate ideas during/just after that activity. Especially walking. Anything routine and rhythmic seems to generate ideas which leads to outlines which leads to words and stories on the page. Strange.
Just a thought as you refocus and recalibrate for the Fall/Winter writing season. Good luck!
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