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It's a little like writer's block

But, not entirely.

I submitted a short story, and it was rejected. The reason? Well, it doesn't have a happy ending. It's not a sad ending, it's pretty bittersweet. But, I suppose it wouldn't leave the reader satisfied.

Now, the thing is, it is a prequel to a much longer story. I wrote it at least seven years ago when being published was a pipe dream. It's a sprawly, sloppy mess of a story. I've always had in mind to rewrite it, and make it into a proper novel and not merely a collection of connected short stories. Now I have the drive to do that, because I know that the story I submitted (the one that was rejected) is a good story.

Yesterday I decided to get myself around to actually starting on the process. First I was defeated by Word. I'm half a dozen steps closer to ditching Word 97 and upgrading to Word 2007, and this might just be the shove I need.

More importantly though, I froze on taking that first story in the series and re-writing it into something that makes more sense, and more importantly, something that ties into that short story. It's a daunting task. I made a false start, and I know which direction I need to go in, I just have to take the plunge and do it.

Writing is not my profession, which is why it took me 3 years to write The King's Tale. I have a full time job, a house, a son, a husband, and a dog. Finding the time to carve out for myself and just write is difficult. Our house is small (heck, we live in Southern California, everyone's house in our neighborhood is small) so my "office" is a long desk I share with my husband in our bedroom. One of these days our son will move out, and then we'll have a proper office.

I'm very particular about my writing habits. I have to type on my desktop with the ergonomic keyboard. I work better in the morning. I get distracted very easily. I've tried writing on my laptop, but the keyboard just doesn't work for me. And, the screen is too small.

I have the drive and ambition to wrestle this story into submission, I just currently don't have the time.

But I will, hopefully sooner than later.

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clarelondon
Sep. 7th, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
Good for you. I hear you on the finding time and spae - mine is very limited too. It's extremely frustrating that when I *do* have any inspiration, I have to wriggle it in among everything else. Good luck with your plans. With determination, you'll achieve whatever you want. And a good story is worth pursuing, even if it doesn't initially meet a publisher's prefrences.

Oh and BTW, are you sure you can rely on that son moving out?? I'm still waiting for mine who's 20 to move out and let me reclaim his room as an office...LOL. Then people tell me all those horror stories (joke!) about sons who stay at home until they're Aged because they love the home comforts :). Hubby and I are thinking that *we'll* move out instead :).
rowenasudbury
Sep. 7th, 2009 10:29 pm (UTC)
It's good to know I'm not alone, it seems like some people have all the time in the world to write. I wonder what that's like? *wink*

I will find the time to get this story flowing, there are just a few more hurdles to jump over. But I'm sure when I'm done with it it will be accepted. I'm confident about that.

LOL! My son is 21...he shows no signs of moving out, probably for just the reasons you mentioned. He's starting his 4th year of college, getting a degree in engineering, so it's probably a 5 to 6 year program all told. His part time job will not cover rent AND food, so he stays here where he's comfy. That's a good idea though, maybe hubby and I will move out instead...LOL!
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