Firstly, the good news: yesterday Woman’s Weekly accepted a story that they’d asked me to rewrite before Christmas (I added 500 words for good measure!). The last two times I’ve been asked to do that, the resulting ‘rewrite’ has still been deemed unacceptable, so I was doubly chuffed.
BUT, since then, I’ve had a couple of wake-up calls.
I went to a workshop today, about e-publishing. I won’t say too much because it was my writing buddy Sally’s event (I just tagged along) and she may want to blog about it herself. Suffice to say, the writer giving the workshop astounded me with her output. She works full time but she still manages to write and publish – and sell – 4 e-books a month (they’re 6,000 – 8,000 words each. You do the maths!).
And then, there’s the writing day I’ve been invited to attend in a couple of weeks’ time.
There are 6 of us and the idea is that we all pre-circulate a story or extract of a novel by email. On the day itself, I thought (because I’ve been to a couple of these before) the idea would be for each person to take it in turn to read out their piece and then for everyone to comment on it.
So far, so good. (Needless to say, I’m still writing my short story for the day, in a mad panic).
Today, as I’d expected, my fellow-participants have started to pre-circulate their work. The first two novel extracts came through by email and I had a quick look at them, just to see, you know, what kind of thing they’re sending… and eeek! I nearly fell off my chair.
The first one is 23,000 words long PLUS a synopsis and the second one is 25,000 words! Is it me, or is that quite a lot to read and comment on (bearing in mind, there are still 3 people left to submit?!).
And that’s what I mean about feeling like a minnow. Everyone is writing SO MUCH! I’m just planning to write a short story of about 3000 words (and I’m struggling to get that finished). Aaaaagh….!