Thursday, January 24, 2013
Venting on my writing
Said this before or words along the same line anyway:
Anyway, I have a story for Quarter Two of WotF, one for the next quarter already finished, so I will be sending in both. But if I don’t sell anything, anywhere by the time I receive the rejection for the second one I will think again about sending out stories or not.
Dean Wesley Smith said, “You will, Louis, as you keep progressing, which you are. “ after I made the comment it would be nice to sell a story. I think he said something similar a couple of years ago. Still nothing--can’t even get a comment.
I know I’ve gotten better but still not good enough. I keep missing it no matter how much I improve. My new word processor has a proofreader section. I use it and I believe it does make my writing a bit better. Less sentences starting with But and And, less use of over used words and phrases and a couple of other like improvements. But a bit improvement doesn’t help enough. Neither does five years of learning-118 stories. Most people would have improved enough to at least get comments by now.
If I decide to quit sending them in I may see if there are still free sites around or work harder to do covers and try e-pubing my stories. That way some people will read them at least.
I said after the Q3 of WotF but I will have to wait so long for that rejection I probably will go ahead and send in one for Q4 just not count it. And I said sell something but if I got a Finalist on WotF without getting in I will still will count it as a sell or if all of a sudden I get a bunch of comments. But if I receive no good news about my writing by then--(shoulder shrug), we shall see how I feel.
I said this not all that long ago but Dean is the only editor who likes my writing--he said some good things about four openings I did for the Online Workshop--and he’s not buying. It really is nice to know someone likes my stuff, but one isn’t enough.
I will keep writing and learning between now the Q3 rejection but so far it hasn’t done much I don’t expect it will in the next six months or so.