I completed Ishi. I wish I had payed more attention to the amount of revisions I did for this 14 paged short story, but I didn’t. All I can say is that it was a lot. A lot of revisions. A lot. It has been about three months of work. Done mainly in spurts. Perhaps I could have taken less time if I was able to work on it more frequently, but I just couldn’t. Funny thing, I had asked someone (maybe just the internet on this blog) how do you know when you are done writing? Tonight’s answer is- it was just finished- there was nothing else to say or move. Now to submit, and to have my work lost in the mess, that is the mass amounts of people wanting to be published writers.
This leads me to my new topic: The world wants to be a famous writer. At least that is what Nathan Bransford has alluded to on his blog. I do like reading his blog, but sometimes I just can’t read what is going on out there in the world because the Stephanie Myers and JK Rowlings of the world do not inspire me. In fact, the very idea that they have driven every person to want to be a famous author, and saturated the publishing world, giving them even more reasons to criticize a person, makes me want to just remain ignorant, even if it means never getting published. I wish I could have as much, what is the word, faith? That just “anybody” can get published, or that there is an audience just dying to read my stuff out there. I don’t. Honestly, I’m not sure if I really care. I worked my ass off on this story. Changed it so many times, and even with the easy access of internet writing communities, I found it really hard to get some good feedback. Unfortunately for me, I need face to face contact for getting into the nitty-gritty, of why or why not, elements of my story work or not. I went through grammar books, went over syntax, proper punctuation, line by line with my story, and I know that I still could possibly get rejected because it still isn’t perfect. I think it is a percent hard work and a percent luck, and where the balance in the percentage is fluctuates. That’s my two cents about the subject.
I added a couple of new links to this blog, Nathan Bransford and Daily Grammar. I think they are pretty good links. Also, I finished reading Glimmertrain’s issue 72. In it I found out a way to contact one of the authors, who lives here in Portland, Oregon, and it turns out he is a teacher and he offers writing workshops. I went ahead and wrote him and he got back to me. I plan on doing his upcoming workshop in February. The cost is $180 for a 8 weeks, once a week, for 2 to 3 hours, which is so cheap! I would be an idiot not to save up and go. I haven’t had a writing workshop since I was in college, aside from the one’s I lead, but that’s different.
It’s sort of weird having a story really completed, like a little lack luster almost. I’m not sure what to do now. Which is funny because I have plenty of stories to work on but still I have this shrugging feeling of, now what?