I’ve been productive in the last week and a half. I’m not trying to pat myself on the back too much but I feel good about what I’ve accomplished. Here it is:
The goblin project – I made some headway on the beginning. I cut almost three pages of back story that opened the first draft and replaced it with a scene of action and dialogue with my main character. Right away readers will meet my protagonist, and through an altercation with an unfriendly ogre, learn of the plight of the goblins in my story. I’ve shown it to my spouse and a good writer friend so far, and they agree, its a more gripping beginning than the back story.
The Write Michigan Short Story contest – I mentioned this contest in Monday’s post. I’ve finished a draft of my entry and have given it to a friend who is a published poet and editor. He’s looking over it now. After he’s combed through it I’ll likely tweak it some more and then send it in. The deadline is November 30, so for now, I’m ahead of schedule.
Other writing – I dabble with poetry and have shared some of my poems this week with Bob from my writers group. I’m not much of a poet and tend too look at good poets the way I watch ballet or the Olympics: I have a deep appreciation for what they do, but I could never hope to replicate it, or even understand it, myself. That said, I was particularly proud of one of my poems and submitted it to Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine this week. (It’s in the fantasy genre.) We’ll see if they bite.
HeyPublisher.com – Have any of you joined this site? I joined it this week. I wanted to submit a creative non-fiction article to the The Burnside Writers Collective and discovered that they only take submissions from Hey Publisher, so I joined. I’ve not explored it much yet, but it looks promising. It’s a site that promises to connect writers with publishers and make the submission process faster and easier. Let me know if you have any experience with it. I’ll be interested to see if it’s a useful tool or not.
That’s it for this week. I’ll post another update next week. Thanks all, for your encouragement. May your week be just as productive if not more so.