It’s definitely time for a little post with an update of what I’ve been up to.
It’s been about a week and a half since my boyfriend and I decided to call it a day on our relationship (really I should say ex – weird). What I’ve found, that I’m so surprised by, is that writing really helps to take my mind off everything. Getting the motivation to write has been hard, but once I start I get transported to this world where all that matters are my characters and their world. It’s really helped.
On Monday I sent off the next module of my writing course. Woop! They say I will hear back within 10 days, but it’s usually much less than that, so I’m expecting it back by the end of the week. So excited. I had a few people read the story I sent, and they liked it. They didn’t, most importantly, see the twist. That was what my tutor said was the problem with my last assignment – she saw the twist coming.
If I get the assignment back this week, and my tutor’s happy with it, I’m going to send it off next week to a magazine! Yep, I’m going to attempt submitting my first story! Of course if she’s not happy with it, I’ll correct what she says the problems are, then submit it. How exciting.
Part of me thinks this is the worst time ever to try this – my ex and I have just rejected our relationship – can I really handle any more rejection at the moment? Another part of me thinks it’s a great time to try – if the story gets accepted it will be a massive boost I could really do with at the moment.
Still, I need to start somewhere, and I think now is the time. I’ve got so many short stories that I can edit and start submitting. I think once I get over the hurdle of the first, it will get easier – even if I get rejected. I just have to remember that every rejection is one closer to an acceptance. I can’t remember who said that, but it’s something I knew I had to keep in mind.
There may be a potential problem though. Many of my stories have been posted here on my blog (unedited). Which really means they’ve been printed somewhere. I need to check with the magazines I submit the stories to that they don’t mind that. On a forum somewhere someone did point out that if the story is on your blog under another title, they are never going to know. But I’d rather find out if it’s ok with them, than have them accidently stumble on it and not be happy – then I really would have a problem!
I guess that means this week I should really be finding out more about submission letters. Agh.
My mum and I have decided to go away for a week at the end of May. We’re going to rent a cottage somewhere (she thinks in the Peak District, but I’m thinking more like Devon or Cornwall) for a week, and just write for a week. I am soooooooo excited. A week, just writing. How much fun! Although the more I think about it, the more I think I should spend a lot of it editing Italian Infatuation. Not that I like that idea. At all. I’m pretty sure I don’t like editing. Especially not a 50,000 word novel. Hence why I’ve been putting it off for, oh lets see, 4 1/2 months.
Originally I used the excuse that I wanted to read the modules of my writing course on editing a novel before I started. But I finished them about 6 weeks ago. Oops. So yeah, I think I need to at least start editing it.
What else will I write? I don’t know yet. I’m into short stories at the moment, so maybe I’ll start a few of them. Maybe… Maybe I’ll go back to my first novel ‘Holiday’ (working title).
Wow, I’ve not even thought about that for a while. I can’t remember the last time I wrote anything about it. Maybe it’s because I only know what’s going to happen in the first half, and the very end. I’m not sure about the middle and some of the beginning of the end.
Whatever I work on, I’m so excited. A week. Writing. I don’t think I’ll come home, ha!
The final exciting thing is that I’m getting a new laptop. I’ve got a pretty big birthday coming up – yeah that big 3-0. Eek. Anyway my mum wants to get me a ‘big’ present, so I suggested a laptop. He he. But because we’re going away in May and my birthday’s not till July, I get to have it earlier. Yay. I just need to work out what, where, how etc. Yay!
I went for a drink with a friend I’d not seen for a while at the weekend. In talking I told her about my writing course, and found she’s interested in writing too, but like me until a year ago has never done anything about it. Because of talking to me, she’s now going to look into it, and start a blog of her own. Even better than that though (for me), because she’s interested in this, she says she’ll happily be my person I can go running to with exciting news. I have a feeling when my and my ex’s emotions are less raw he’ll go back to being one of the people I talk to like this, but it feels really great to have found someone else that will be there unconditionally. Of course I have great readers of my blog I love telling things to, but sometimes you need someone on the end of a phone (or email) getting excited for you too.