Whew. Productive last week. Sorry I was quiet last week, Snowpocalypse took up a lot of my life but not all of it was bad. I got some serious writing done.
I did write and submit a short story last week. I'm still a week 'behind' but I have hopes I can catch up. I went on a writing binge yesterday, I wrote for 7 hours straight without a break. I was in the grove and I frelling went with it. Maybe I went too far, by the end of the session, I was exhausted, couldn't focus my eyes very well and was drenched in sweat. Ah the glamorous life of a writer. :) I ended up writing 10,000 words. I think. Possibly a bit more. This is on top of another 3 or 4k words for the same novel that I wrote earlier in the week. The sad part, this is all for a novel that probably will never see the light of day. But I'm glad I got so much done, sooner this book is out of my system, the sooner I can get back to writing work that can sell.
Editing class went well on Saturday, most of the snow was gone by then or at least was easily negotiated. People in class critiqued the first five pages of my novel, which might be one of the more useless critiquing I've ever had. Seriously, there is only ONE thing you can get out of the first five pages of a novel: do you want to keep reading it. Five pages is about 1% of a novel, less for some. Now, they're important pages. If you don't nail your beginning, you're not going to be able to show most people how brilliant chapter 14 is (compulsive readers aside, yes, we're out there. You're looking at the guy who read all of L. Ron Hubbard's 'Mission Earth' series...and not out of enjoyment). So if I was to do this 'first five pages' critique again, I'd want the answer to one question only: would you keep reading?
I'm going to be sending out my Clarion West application tonight, which I'm counting for the Write 1, Submit 1 purposes. If for no other reason than for it being a big deal and a big load of work. Honestly, I don't know if I'll make the cut this year or not. I really needed Clairon West last year, I still sorta need it this year. If I don't make the cut, I'll live. And keep writing and reading. Which is the only sure way to get better at this gig.