It’s hard to believe 2011 has already begun, but it has. Write1Sub1 is off to a flying start. 79 brave souls have chosen to undertake this ambitious challenge and I wish each one well. Surely there will be ups and downs for each and every one of us, and it will be those who “find a way to win” who will reach that finish line.
Saturday: For Week 2 I chose to target Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show. This is a market I would very much like to break into.
We are looking for stories of any length in the genres of science fiction and fantasy.
“Science fiction” includes hard sf, sf adventure, alternate history, near-future, far-future, psi, alien, and any other kind of sf you can think of.
“Fantasy” includes heroic fantasy (based on any culture’s mythology), fairy tales, contemporary fantasy, and “horror” in the sense of supernatural suspense (not gory bloodfests, thanks).
Within these genres, we like to see well-developed milieus and believable, engaging characters. We also look for clear, unaffected writing. Asimov, Niven, Tolkien, Yolen, and Hobb are more likely to be our literary exemplars than James Joyce.
We pay 6 cents a word up to 7500 words and 5 cents a word thereafter.
The idea this week is to take a flash fiction I wrote for Liberty Hall prompt and flesh it out to a full story. It’s a fantasy that involves druid lore, which I will have to research.
Sunday: I ended up changing two scenes in my story from last week. Had an inspiration as I went to bed last night and it helped add some tension and closure to the piece, so I went ahead and took a few hours to implement it today. Writing a story a week shouldn’t mean abandoning useful revision just because another day has passed. Anyway, I also did some reading for my current story. I’ll need to do a detailed plot tomorrow. I do have a beginning and ending in mind.
Monday: I spent today reading about druids and Caesar and big tall battle horns. Fascinating stuff. I also worked on plotting my story into scenes. I do believe I have a story worth writing. I wrote two literary flashes for my weekly prompt at Show Me Your Lits. The writing came more easily than usual.
Tuesday: I wrote the first scene. It went surprisingly well, though I’m not yet in the character’s voice. Will tackle that tomorrow. I found some more neat bits to enhance the story’s underpinnings and the climax came into focus more clearly. I should have written more words tonight. I hope this won’t put me too far behind schedule (again!). I received word tonight that my literary flash “Lovers” has been accepted by Berg Gasse 19. That makes two literary stories sold so far this year. Yay for me!
Wednesday: I wrote the second scene and started the third. As usual I have trouble getting that first sentence in place. After that it usually flows better. Once I get to dialogue it goes even faster. I should have done more today as I think this may turn out to be a 5000 word story. I have 1300 now. That leaves a lot of words for tomorrow. I watched President Obama’s speech tonight. I think he reminded a lot of folks why they voted for him.
Thursday: I got another scene done this morning. It’s flowing pretty well, though I suspect I’m going to have to cut some words because it’s taking too long to get to the major complication.
Friday: I’m taking drastic action today. Six hours straight at the computer, writing. I’ve finished four scenes and have three to go. 3000 words today, the highest total I’ve managed in, like, forever. Still, that’s not enough. I have to finish this sucker by tomorrow and I have a lot going on. It’s looking more like 6500 words at this point. Wish me luck.
Saturday: I polished last week’s story (now entitled “The Glow”) and submitted it to Fae Publishing. Tonight, we watched the Steelers come back to beat Baltimore. I worked on the final scene for this week’s story, but will have to finish in the morning. I certainly didn’t anticipate it turning into a 7500 word story, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.