I can’t believe I missed October completely. I thought I had written something but apparently not.
I am still writing along. I finished a book that I wasn’t happy with. I think that was the struggle to get it done. I’m in the middle of another one, sort of feeling bogged down but that often happens in the middle, where I’m trying to get characters from point A to point B. I like this one better. It’s been rattling around in my brain for a long time and I finally got what I wanted to do with it.
This year has been a struggle to keep writing. I don’t know what my issue is. The stories I am starting don’t excite me the way they usually do. I don’t know if it’s the phase I’m in or the stories themselves. But I keep working on them. Although my publishing output will likely be down, I figure I’m learning something about writing through each new book and story.
I am starting to gear up for the Anthology Workshop in Las Vegas in February 2019. Soon enough we’ll be starting to write stories for Fiction River. I like the challenge of having only a week to write something on a particular topic and then getting editorial feedback on it. It helps me pinpoint strengths and weaknesses in what I’m writing.
Goals for November are to keep up the writing, to make sure I have fun, and to put together a set of short stories, one of which just came out in Fiction River: Pulse Pounders Countdown. I have another version of that story that went long and I want to combine the two into an interesting image of two sides to the same tale, so to speak. I don’t want to say more or I’ll give away the twist. It should be fun.