Since January 1st of this year, I have completed four short stories and started two more. I have also written a one-act play that isn’t complete yet, but definitely close. And, I have finally finished editing my second novel LAGUNA and recently started writing a new novel. I have been keeping up with my blogging goal as well, whether it is on this blog, my Hullabaloo, or my Mass Mom’s blog.
I write every day in the hopes of one day that someone will read something I’ve written and say, “This needs to be published!” Even though I publish work every week on my blogs, it isn't the same as the fiction pieces. Those are a different animal. They say you need to write for yourself and not to please anyone else. Whoever said that wasn't a fiction writer. It was probably some professor in some swanky college. Fiction writer's need feedback. They need the recognition not only of the written piece but that we've affected a reader in some way because that is why we write.
I have several short stories out on submission right now - I am eagerly waiting to hear responses (which, btw is like waiting for water to boil! Waiting and waiting and waiting.....) I think I will start another round of querying agents for LAGUNA soon, however, I am signed up for a writer’s conference in May where I have chosen to meet with an agent to pitch LAGUNA (eeek!) so I’m not sure if I will wait on the agents until then or not.
So, what is the point of me telling you all this? Well
who else can I tell! I mean, I tell my husband but he tends to glaze over much like me when he tells me about his hiking trips. (It’s not that we don’t support
each other, it’s just….marriage.) Actually, the reason for this post today is to hold myself accountable. I figure that if someone out there thinks I’m writing on any given day, that I should be writing, right?
How do you stay motivated?