I have a longer post in mind about writing to your strengths, time permitting (ha) I’ll get that written, chewed over and posted soon.
Two quick updates, so far the submissions are still ticking off. I haven’t been able to write and/or submit every day as I’d hoped (see commute complaint above) but I’ve sent off about ten short stories so far…and gotten about five rejections if we count the Clarion West rejection. Which I am.
Sigh. Third time getting rejected by those folks. The worst, absolute worst part is…I don’t know why. I don’t know why I don’t measure up. What I’m doing wrong. I don’t know how to impress professional writers. Or editors, as my rejection pile will tell you. I don’t THINK my stories are bad, I’ve had people read and enjoy them. But trying to get someone ‘in the business’ to say yes…I don’t know. I suspect my sentences don’t sparkle enough. I don’t write intricate prose. My stylists are Daishell Hammet more than Raymond Chandler. Anyway, I’ll muse more on this later when I get into playing to strengths as a writer. A lot of this writing stuff is just being stupidly stubborn and irrationally confident in yourself. Or being able to fake that.
So Norwescon starts today. I’m heading down later this afternoon. I’m really looking forward to this. Once again, I’ve submitted some work to the Fairwood Writer’s workshop. It’s a chance for more feedback. Though, honesty, the feedback I get from Wordslingers is about as good if not better. I don’t know why but you get four pros in the same room, you’re going to get three different opinions. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from this is, people like different things and dislike different things. There is very little rhyme or reason (though there seem to be gender generalizations you can make) about what will work and what wont. My goal is to be writing at a professional level. And to get off my hind end, submit and edit more. The Workshop will help with that. I think.
Apart from the workshop, there’s the art show. Now that I have money, I hope to pick something nice and/or hot for the library at home. We’ll see what’s on offer this year. I still hate the fact that I couldn’t afford any of Royo’s work when he was guest of honor a few years back.
I’m also going to be attending some panels, some readings and getting together with the Wordslingers on Saturday for lunch. One change, I got a room near the convention, so the commute from Monroe won’t be as much of a problem. Should be fun.