It has been over a month since my last update, so I thought I’d inundate you all with more news about me. I’ll keep it brief.
Half way complete with the second draft of what I hope will be my very first novel (remember, keep expectations low, this is my first novel). I’ve had my sister, someone from eastern Europe (completely random happenstance), and a good writing friend (also from Europe) read the first bits and…well…responses have been mixed. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad. I suppose it means that this second draft (which is really like the seventh or eighth draft if you consider all the drafts for Devil’s Blood) will not be the last.
But I knew that. I just, you know, was hoping folks would be blown away anyway.
I do have a bit of a conundrum. Once done with the second draft, what next?
Do I pay my writing coach to read through and offer feedback? The advantage of asking my writing coach for further advice is that I know it will be good advice, but it may also send me on another re-write. I really want to put this thing to rest (regardless if the result is good or bad) so I can move on to my other projects.
Or, should I put it up on Critters for peer review? The problem with this is that I may not get very many readers. Devil’s Blood didn’t attract a lot of attention. For good reason – it sucked – but also because it is not exactly fantasy and not exactly historical fiction. It may end up being a waste of time putting it up there.
Or…Should I give the second draft to selected writer-friends who expressed an interest and are willing to offer just the right amount of advice to help me through the next draft?
I think I just answered my question. Now, to go beg those selected writers for a huge chunk of their time…
Woohoo! I finally succeeded in winning one of the monthly flash fiction contests over on the Writing forum of SFFWorld.com. To be honest, I only won because no one was around to vote, but hey – I still won! My winning entry is called The Clucking Bride. Upon winning, I immediately took it down, spruced it up a bit, and sent it to Daily Science Fiction, whom promptly rejected it. (sigh)
I’m putting The Clucking Bride through Critters to see if it is worth trying to shop it around or whether I should just post it here.
I also wrote a story that is sort of like horror called Barc’s Butcher (thanks to my fellow SFFWorld.com forum member for the title!). I’m gonna let this sit for a while and then see if it is worth fixing later when I’ve had some distance from it.
The End Anthology
We are in the midst of the second contest for three more spots in the anthology (you can read about it here). So far, I’ve gotten five entries. I think we will end up with some of our finest yet in this round.
I’ve gotten two of the winning entries from the first round to “edit”. As I’ve never done this before, I’m not sure what I am doing. So…guess my writing coach will be getting hit up for some more advice. 😎
Until next time, watch out for swat-gear laden, white, flame-red haired, he-seemed-so-normal men carrying an array of firearms. 😦
- Writing Update 2012-6 (nilaewhite.wordpress.com)