At the beginning of January, I decided to name 2011 the year of “Edit and Submit!”. I’ve been reasonably good recently at actually getting my arse into gear and developing a proper writing schedule, have even managed to keep to deadlines and produce a respectable number of words. What I haven’t been so great about is letting my work be released out into the wider world, mainly thanks to an aversion to editing novels and allowing people to look at my work. Both fairly useless habits for a writer.
The good news is I seem to have gotten over that nonsense. So far this year I have sent three writing projects* off into the wider world, and I’m almost enjoying the editing process of Ink for Thieves. I know I’m at the beginning of this journey, and all writers have to brace themselves for the waves of rejection that inevitably come with the submission process, but I’m pleased that I’ve managed to take my first steps along this long and fraught path.
In other writing news, I’m gearing up to get back into Dead Zoo Shuffle after an extended break, so I’m currently reading through the first 50,000 words to get my head back into a SF/Crime way of thinking. The writing style is so vastly different to what I’ve been doing for the Steampunk novella that it’s taking quite a brainshift, but the good news is I have enjoyed what I’ve read so far, and I’m greatly looking forward to getting back into those dodgy bars with Marshall and Zootsi.
*I initially typed “problems” here. Talk about your Freudian slips…