Thursday, 16 April 2009

How's the writing going?

Thanks for dropping by for an update.

This year has proven to start off bit slower than I had hoped, but we're getting there. I'm going to revise scrap my plan of completing a novel by my thirtieth birthday; my physical condition has knocked that on the head for now. Health-wise, there's been hardly any progress with the recovery of my sight problems, but we won't let that stop me from being a writer.

I'm crafting words, very slowly, only a few sentences a day, but enough to say I fell off the horse, and I'm indeed getting right back on it again. As long as I keep writing, even just a few words at a time, then I'll be on course. I must ensure I beat James Joyce's reputed total of seven words in a day ("but I don't know what order they go in!"). If I do that, then I'm doing all right for now.

I've been getting plenty of ideas for stories and tales (including a new approach to vampires), but I need to focus on a few things first. They're going in my idea file for storage until later.

I'm also looking in to entering a few competitions including one for writing something of educational value. I'll update you as and when I approach those.

In the meantime, my revised goal for the next few months is to write and sell a few stories. It's achievable; I just have to take my time and acknowledge my physical limitations due to ongoing sight issues, and above all, keep writing.

Update (17 April 2009): I've already sent one story out the door today. I'll hopefully find out if the intended magazine likes it or not in due course. You'll hear about it here first, dear reader....


  1. Sounds like a good plan to me.

  2. Yup, CherryPie. Gotta keep plugging away at it, no matter what!

  3. Hang in there, Damon. My best friend in New Zealand is now a hugely successful published author. Not your genre (she writes romance) - but she understands what it is like to have a dream to be a writer, to put in all the hard work, and to finally be published and recognized for her talents in her field. Don't give up and just keep going.

  4. Thanks, R.R. (if that's you, Anon; I suspect it is). If it is you, R.R., I believe you mentioned her to me before.

    The toughest thing at the moment is having the confidence in your own work to send it out the door; and if one editor doesn't like it, then surely another eventually will!

  5. How haven't I been here before? Anyway I'm here now. I entered a story comp recently, the first short story I've written for ages.

    Hope you have good news for us soon.

  6. No, Liz, I don't believe I've seen you here before, but you're more than welcome (just keep George the dog off the furniture)! Good luck with the competition!