First Draft Complete!

I haven’t posted any fiction here in a while – it’s been a month and a half since the last one. That doesn’t mean I’ve been standing still, though. Last night I finished the first draft of a new story, untitled for now, in a genre I haven’t played with much before: science fiction horror.

The draft weighs in around 5,000 words, which is longer than I expected, the longest story I’ve written in quite a while. Per my new strategy, it’s a very rough, get-it-on-paper-before-you-hate-it draft, what Chuck Wendig might call a beach-storming draft. I’ve set myself a goal of finishing the revisions by Thanksgiving.

Once I finish the story, I’m going to do something else I haven’t done in a while: send it out for submission. I have submitted stories in the past (never successfully), but with all the work on the novel lately, I’ve gotten out of the habit. It’ll be good to get out there again, dodging rejection letters and hopefully getting my first prose publication credit.

Unfortunately, this plan means I can’t post the story on the blog. So it’s, like, a secret story. A ninja story. Yeah, that makes it seem more exciting, we’ll go with that.

And after Thanksgiving, it’s back to work on the novel.

Tell me, what are you working on these days? Sent anything out for submission lately?

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6 responses to “First Draft Complete!

  1. Cool! Man, it’s been a while since I wrote a story that long.

    I’m still slowly working on the rewrites of my novels. I’ve given up submitting until further notice simply because the pressures to be good enough to be published has kept me from writing at all.

    Btw, how do you submit? Look for a market and write for it, or write something and then look for the right market?

  2. Congrats! That’s really exciting. I’ve set myself a target of submitting and getting some good publishing creds under my belt, but I really struggle. I love posting my stories on my blog. I get instant feedback that way. Instead of waiting weeks, I often only have to wait 15 minutes for someone to tell me they love my story. And I’m addicted to that positive-feedback-high.

    It’s a sickness, I tell you.

  3. Congrats!

    Yeah, novel writing makes short writing harder, and vice versa. But I agree it’s good to be sending stuff out, get that process and all the accompanying emotions into your system. For some (sick) reason, we writers thrive on that.

    Nothing outgoing from me yet. Hopefully soon… (Query letters.)

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