Number One Rule of Writing

Even though I’m as of yet unpublished, I’ve read a few “how-to” books on writing.

The number one rule I’ve found is to finish what you start.

I took a community college writing class and the class project was to write a short story, 6K to 8K words. Over the course of a couple of months, I was able to finish the project. It was awful, but it was complete. It also gave me the confidence that I could actually finish a project if I put my mind to it.

I highly recommend finishing what you start. Don’t give up, even if you think it’s terrible.

 

DFW Writer’s Workshop

In early May, I plan to attend the DFW Writer’s Workshop annual convention. It’s a huge event where writers can meet agents and pitch their materials. I don’t know that I’ll have anything submission ready, but it’ll at least be good to get face time with some people who may be able to help in the future. There’s also the route of self-publishing, which I am torn about. We’ll see what happens!

When Your Story is Ravaged by Critique

Last night I took my short story Transition to the DFW Writers Workshop for critique. I had hoped it to be mostly finished, as I planned on self-publishing it next week.

Not so lucky.

It got ravaged in the process. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I learned quite a bit and feel like I can tune it up to create even more tension.

One lesson I gathered is this: exit early. Close to my ending there was a really high-tension moment, but I killed it with the downward emotion that came afterward. They said I should end it on the high note so it has more impact. Makes perfect sense.

So I’ll fix it up and put it on Amazon. Maybe not next week, but soon.