With Excluded being in the polishing stage, I've been editing like crazy lately. Eight-hour days at work followed by four hours of editing at home. Having said that, I apologize for being late on this blog--like I'm ever consistent with the website, anyway.
So where's that put us? Well, for starters, let me mention that Excluded is in the works as eBook first, print TBA. Two more magazines have expressed their interests in my work, and come June I will be able to announce them. Keep a look out for those posts.
And as promised by the title: the not so fun part of writing. Really, this blog is for any of those writer types out there. Publishing a novel is, in fact, like anything else fantastic in the world, in the fact that it carries the same workload as any other "job". Rock-stars hate their jobs some days, right?
I've been working steady (except for right now) on getting Excluded ready for the public ridicule and trust me, even if you've drafted a novel five times, expect to continue editing for the next five variations. However, as a small piece of advice, remember to think of a novel as fun. Sure, writing is much better than redrafting, but you need to keep the end product in mind--you're going to be published.
And since you are unsupervised, aside from an editor or two, you might consider being lazy. A key thing to keep in mind: countless people will soon be able to read your work; what do you want them to think of you? People will know when you were lazy in your writing. I hope nobody says that about me.
And for the rest of you guys out there, not writing, keep a chin up. No matter what you do, you can always keep aiming higher. A clerk can become a manager. A writer can become more of a writer. A guitarists can always learn new tricks and songs.
Fear, focus, and the future. C.M. Humphries talks about writing, horror, and whatever.