May short story and novel updates

How is it already May?! I’m sorry, that’s insane. April flew by, but I did manage to get some writing done. I also got results on my Writers of the Future short story.

The Blog

I kicked off my economy of language series, which is something I’ve been working toward for a while now. I worry it might be a little dry, but I hope the posts help people learn how to identify and fix weak spots in their writing. There are two economy of language posts scheduled this month, and I have some more stashed in my drafts. I’m going to try mixing it up, though, so this doesn’t become the economy of language blog.

My other big goals are optimizing SEO on all my old posts, which I’ve really been slacking on, and also making it easy for visitors to pin posts on Pinterest. Which…I’ve also been slacking on. I’m not good at making pins.

Short Story Updates

Results for Writers of the Future Quarter 1 arrived on April 23, just a few minutes before midnight, and you can read more about that here. I don’t expect to see results for Quarter 2 until July.

The story I’m working on for Quarter 3 is coming along. It needs critiques and some revision, but the deadline is June 30, so I have plenty of time.

Quarter 3 might be the last time I enter the contest for a while. My first entry was in Quarter 4 of 2020, so I’ll have a year of entries by the time Q4 2021 rolls around. Writing short stories has gone from being a fun occasional break to a mental drain that keeps me from working on my novel, and I can’t justify it anymore. If I happen to write something that I think will work for Writers of the Future, I’ll enter it. If I don’t, I’m not going to worry about it. I need to focus on other goals.

It hasn’t been a waste, though

I never would have found David Farland’s website without Writers of the Future. His courses, and the free WotF workshop, opened my eyes to a lot of things I didn’t learn in school. I feel like I’m writing on an entirely new level now, and it’s all because of this contest.

Finally, what’s up with that novel?

Now that my last WotF short story (for now) is down to just revisions, I’m planning on putting a lot of energy into my second draft. I still have a long way to go, but that’s okay. I’ll get there.

Other odds and ends

I’m juggling a lot in my personal life at the moment. Most of it will resolve with time, but waiting stresses me out. I’m definitely a member of the instant gratification generation.

I don’t want to go into a lot of detail here, because I prefer keeping that stuff separate from my writing, but I thought I should mention it in case there’s an interruption in service. If I disappear for a bit, I’m probably busy with doctor’s appointments.

That’s all for today, folks!

Please check back next week for a post about vagueness. It’s another entry in my economy of language series, and I know you don’t want to miss that. Feel free to subscribe to my mailing list if you’d like to receive updates about new blog posts.

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  1. Going back through old posts to sort out there SEO is very time consuming, but once you’ve made a few templates for pictures to pin to Pinterest, that’ll at least save you some time in the future. Canva can be good for sorting out pin templates

    1. Templates are a great idea. I’ve used Canva before, and I really like it, I just don’t feel like I have an eye for graphic design. It’s a little intimidating for me.

  2. It’s crazy that it’s already May! I’ve been working on SEO for my old posts too & it seems never-ending…
    That’s exciting to hear about your novel & it’s good you’re taking a break from writing short stories to focus on other things.

    1. SEO is really time-consuming. I’m going to try to do a post a week and see how that goes. It’s going to take forever, but that should be better than nothing, right?

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