One thing I often hear from writers is discussion of novel avoidance strategies. These are the things you do when you ought to be working on The Novel In Progress.
I had a good blast on my own over christmas last year, giving it a thorough once over, tightening some things, and coming up with ideas for what needs to be rewritten. I even started to put those into practice early this year.
Then work happened and things slowed down.
At the same time I was getting rather worried that I hadn’t been writing, or at least finishing, many shorts recently. In fact, it’s been quite some time since I sold any shorts at all, and my last sale was in fact non-fiction rather than fiction (to the excellent Rocket Science anthology, which includes both fiction and non-fiction).
So I went back to writing shorts, aided and abetted by the competitions in Arc magazine, which provided some useful deadlines and inspirational seeds. I have yet to sell anything to them, but I have got a number of new and, I think, marketable shorts that are out there, looking for buyers.
But I haven’t got anywhere further with the novel, and we’re now another several months downstream. I begin to see why it is that first novels are often described as taking years to write.
And of course now I have decided to keep this blog more active, and thus have a whole new avoidance strategy for not only novel writing but short story writing as well.
So now I leave you, gentle reader, to return to the story mines.