ROW80 Update May 1


  1. Spend at least half an hour every day on writing or editing, an hour on weekends
  2. Finish rewrite of Dragons at Dawn
  3. Post to my blog on the ROW80 update days (Sunday and Wednesday)
  4. Read at least one of my books on writing every week

I have continued working on my short story about how my lead in Finding Valhalla became a Valkyrie. It is turning out fairly well, although if I put everything into it that I have been thinking about it will end up to be either a really long short story or a novella. It is certainly working as a writing exercise though. I have figured out a lot about her powers and history by doing this. It should make the novel shine a lot brighter once I work them into my revisions.

I am still reading Writing the Short Story, by Jack M Bickham. I’m up to Chapter 8 (of 18), but so far I’m not finding it very useful. Most of the advice in it seems to be general writing advice, and what I need is something specific to writing shorts. My main issue with short fiction is that I want to put so much into the story (to make sure that it’s good) that the story grows beyond the bounds of the word count. What I need help with is figuring out how to keep my ideas simple enough to fit into 5,000 words and still be worth reading.

Lastly, I finally received word about my submission to the Writing Workshop at WisCon. The author moderating my group is going to be Cassie Alexander, a registered nurse whose debut series will be published January 2012. I had requested Margaret Ronald as a moderator, so I am a little disappointed, but I should at least be able to meet her at the convention. There is only one other person (beside the moderator) in my group. I thought it would be bigger. But I suppose it is better this way. Definitely more time for one-on-one advice.

That’s it for today. See you back here on Wednesday!



Filed under Networking, ROW80, The Writing Experience

4 responses to “ROW80 Update May 1

  1. I also had length issues with short stories. Then I just started writing them with the #fridayflash folks on Twitter. I quickly realized my problem was not in the writing -but in the editing. How to distill the story down to it’s essense. It’s a skill I’m still working to perfect. Best of luck next week!

  2. Wow! Your goals are way bigger than mine. I’m envious and impressed. I’m lucky to get a word count set and met for the week.

  3. Good to hear you’re learning more about your lead! Hope that makes revisions all the more pleasant. 😀 Good luck for next week.

  4. I tried writing a short story and it turned out long and the first of a series!!! have got the hang now but it is a difficult thing to write – so best of luck and keep smiling

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