Okay, I’ll Take It

February 12, 2011: This week’s submission went out earlier in the week. I subbed the story I wrote last week to a narrowly themed anthology with a deadline of Tuesday. I find myself wishing I’d waited, because there are about 3 paragraphs in the center that I wish I could do differently now. I don’t think they’re story breakers, but naturally only after I sent it out did it occur to me how I could have integrated the information into the action a little better. I hope if the editor finds that to be the sticking point, I get a chance to change it rather than a rejection. If it’s rejected for other reasons, well, it is what it is.

I read the first half out loud to my daughter, checking for errors and to see what she thought. She was anxious for me to continue, and then ended up upset at what happened in the story. Real tears and anger at me for not warning her, and everything. I consider that a successful story, whether it’s published or not.

This week’s story was supposed to be one of a few stories I intend to sub to upcoming anthologies or ezines with upcoming deadlines. Instead, I wrote a kind of random thing, a 750-word flash, that I don’t think is particularly good, frankly. It’s not bad, if I do say so, but it doesn’t feel whole. I’ll have to leave it alone for a while and go back, see what I think later.

So today, a Saturday, with the new week starting tomorrow (or Monday, depending on your point of view), I decided to go ahead and write one of the stories I’d thought about for last week. It’s for another anthology with a narrow focus, with a deadline of Tuesday. So that’s a day or two to write the story, and possibly a day or two to revise, depending. It’s the kind of story that feels right up my alley, though. So throughout the day today I wrote it, ending up at about 6,400 words. Now I’ll have tomorrow and Monday to comb through it, and will send it as next week’s sub on Monday.

Even if I rushed too much, if it’s not that great and ends up rejected by the anthology (always the most likely scenario, but especially so with last-minute subs, I think), I did have fun writing it. My daughter read this one herself and was intrigued to find out what was going on. Hopefully that’s another good sign.

Even if nothing I submit gets picked up, it feels really great to back in the groove of writing (and submitting) new fiction regularly.

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  1. February 13th, 2011 | NicoleMD says:

    Wow, your word counts are looking really nice! I went into W1S1 thinking I was going to be writing a bunch of flash fiction. Not working out that way so far.

    I’ve had a little submission remorse too, but I think that’s the point of getting them out, avoiding all of that tinkering. Plus there’s always next week’s story to worry about. 🙂

  2. February 13th, 2011 | Shelley says:

    Thanks! Yeah, if the story comes back, it’s going to take some serious rewriting to make it fit another market anyway, I think. I can overhaul those paragraphs at the same time, then send it out down a list with no more tinkering for a while.

    I used to write everything short, even when the story really needed more words, unfortunately. I hope I have some flash ideas on the weeks when a full-blown story feels like too much–and I know there will be those.

  3. February 13th, 2011 | Samuel Mae says:

    You’re on fire, Shelley. Long may the flames continue! 😀

  4. March 1st, 2011 | Shelley says:

    Thanks, Samuel! Sorry for the slow response. As you know (and pointed out) the site was down. 🙂

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