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April Writing Update

It’s the first Wednesday of the month again, so here’s another writing update for you! I put more of my time into blogging and short stories than I did into my novel last month. I want to do better in April, but I’m crashing and burning at the moment. Real life stuff is taking a lot of my time, and some health issues are flaring up, so I might have to take a break.

Luckily I have plenty of blog posts on deck, so you may not even notice if I have to duck out for a week or two. Anyway. Let’s talk about the good things, shall we?

The Blog

I have some really detailed posts scheduled for April. A lot of them are related to style, especially economy of language. They’re more challenging than anything I’ve ever posted before. I’m a little worried that people will get bored or just not understand what I’m trying to say, but I think it’s good information. I hope you’ll be back for those.

Another important blog tidbit, although maybe more on my end than yours, is that I really need to find a new host. My current contract expires in June, and I probably won’t move until closer to that time, but I thought I should say something in case there’s a small interruption in service.

Finally–I saved the best for last–I have a mailing list now!

You can subscribe and get notified about new posts. I won’t send you spam or sell your email or any of that. At the moment, I’ll send weekly emails when I publish new blog posts. I’m playing with ideas like discounts for subscribers on books when I publish something, or maybe special articles or even short stories that will only be available via subscription, but I’m not quite there yet. Desktop users can sign up with the form at the bottom of the sidebar on the right side of the screen. If you’re viewing this on mobile, it’s at the very bottom of the page, just above the footer.

Unfortunately, the confirmation email will go straight to your spam folder. Check there if you don’t see anything in your inbox. I’m trying to figure out why that keeps happening, but I haven’t found a way to stop it yet. I may have to make some changes.

Short Stories

Ughhhh….I spent so much time working on short stories in March. It makes me nervous when a Writers of the Future deadline approaches and I don’t have anything ready. I landed on a solid idea halfway through March, after bouncing ideas around since Quarter 2 started in January, and I just didn’t have time to get it finished. The rough draft hits all of the right spots–there’s action, tension, aliens, conflict, you name it. I don’t want to submit it before I’m sure it’s ready, though. There are still some developmental issues I need to address.

I submitted something from my archives to the contest. It felt a little bit like cheating, since I didn’t write a new story, but I guess it’s better than nothing. I’ll submit the alien story for Quarter 3. They haven’t announced results for Quarter 1 yet, but I’ll be surprised if I don’t hear anything by the first of May.

The Novel

I’m a few chapters into my second draft, and just trying to put all the pieces where they need to go. Things aren’t going as fast as I’d like because I’ve been letting the short stories and blog distract me. I need to focus more.

Other Projects

I finished Writers of the Future’s free writing workshop, which is phenomenal. They offer great advice, even if you’re not writing fantasy or sci-fi.

I’m still working my way through the Super Writers’ Bundle, and I really hope I finish it before my license expires. I’ve learned so much, and I really think this course is why my alien story is coming out so well.

I’m also trying to learn more about self-publishing. I know quite a bit about the traditional world because it’s what I was taught in school. Back then, there weren’t as many legitimate self-publishing options as there are today, so I feel like I have a big knowledge gap. I have projects that would fare better in the self-pub world, for various reasons, and I want to go into that with my eyes wide open.

That’s all for this writing update, y’all!

I hope enjoyed my little writing update and I really hope you’ll be back later this month for some of the more advanced posts I have scheduled. It’s a lot of material, and some of it might be a little challenging, but I hope it’ll help you improve your writing.

7 replies on “April Writing Update”

A writing class that’s related to L Ron Hubbard? Does it have links to Scientology?

I can’t imagine writing a novel and also writing short stories at the same time as well, doesn’t that get a little difficult?

I was a little leery of WOTF at first, too, due to its connection to L Ron Hubbard. However, Writers of the Future is managed separately from the church, and they call it a firewall. None of the judges, or the current coordinator, are Scientologists. The authors who created the workshop aren’t Scientologists either. The writing advice is sound, though. Hubbard was a strange dude, and Scientology has a shady reputation, but some of the essays and articles he wrote about writing are spot on even now. It’s sort of a weird place to be, because I don’t want to promote Scientology but the contest itself is pretty cool. They offer a lot of good resources for writers.

It is hard to write a novel, short stories, and keep up with this website sometimes. Up until I decided to start participating in Writers of the Future regularly, I didn’t worry much about short stories. I wrote them when I felt inspired to do so, and that was it. Now it seems like I spend a lot of time floundering for ideas. I want to do at least two more entries, just so I can say I’ve entered for a full four quarters, but I’ll probably drop the contest after that. It’s a lot to juggle.

It’s wonderful to hear that you have a mailing list now. I have been working on my mailing list for a while now, I am doing the finishing touches, it’ll be live next week and I can’t wait haha. Do not worry, we won’t get bored! You give great amount of info here and we’ll keep comin’.

I hope my mailing list works out, lol. I’m afraid the opt-in message is getting lost in people’s junk mail. I can’t wait to see your list go live! You put so much thought into your blog, and it’s just great.

Take ur blogging break its needed always. I just got done with mine i took a whole month off. Now resumed. Yes your articles are challenging but I guess they should only be for people like me with other niches. The actual book writers should love them because that is good info! Good luck with hosting change and self publishing. Have a nice break. Xx
Isa A. Blogger

It’s amazing that you now have a mailing list. I love these little reflections. It’s so easy to move from month to month, but looking back you’ve achieved so much. I can’t wait to see what you have next month!

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