Looking Forward

So I sat down to write a story for my Storybook Corner prompt and when I hit the 600(ish) word mark I realized I was nowhere near the end of the story I wanted to tell. It’s a story I ended up really liking (far more than I expected to) and I’m not going to disgrace it by finishing it and then hacking it down to fit the 500 word limit. Yes, editing is removing the crap from the good, but I don’t even think that it’d be possible to cram it into 500 words judging by what I’ve written so far. I’m talking minimum novella length if not full novel. It’s a pretty complex story with a lot going on. It didn’t seem like it at first, but the more I write the deeper I fall into the rabbit hole. I’m not sure where the idea even came from. I just sat down and started writing without knowing where I was going–just trying to get an idea where the prompt would take me. It took me to a place I didn’t even know existed in this warped mind of mine. I love when that happens, though it’s rare. Usually a story requires a great deal more thought before I start writing it.

The ones that fly off the cuff, though, are often the stories that I almost always end up liking the most. Sins of a Father is one of those off the cuff stories, born on a whim for a 100 word story prompt— my first foray into Friday Fictioneers to be exact. I love that story. I’m looking forward to releasing it at some point. I’m hoping you guys love it as much as I do.

Anyway, I will have to put this one on the backburner for a bit though as I have a few other things I want/need to finish before I dive into a new story.

Lately, I’ve been spending most of my “writing time” reading instead of writing so it felt good to actually write for a change. It got me back in the mindset of wanting to buckle down and get some stuff done. I’ve got enough to work on that it’s almost overwhelming, so it’s good to have that sense of drive and direction back. It was nice to focus on being a reader for awhile, but it’s time to get my eye back on the ball.

I really should quell the number of projects I work on at once. I’d probably get a lot more done in the long run if I limited myself to one or two projects at a time. I’ve got at least seven projects in various stages of completion at the moment, but some of those might never see the finish line. I’m probably missing 2 or 3 that I haven’t looked at for awhile in that count. So yeah. Too many. I need to pick one and stick with it until it’s done or I decide it isn’t worth pursuing any longer, then move on to the next.

That starts today. That starts now–as soon as I hit publish on this post.

My novel, currently titled Nightmares, is next on the chopping block. I have 76,000 words of rewriting ahead of me. I’ve tried several times before, but I just felt too overwhelmed by all the work this beast requires. I’ve never went in with the confidence I have now though, so this time I’m sure I’ll push through it. And after that, I’ll push through it again. Then again if necessary. I’m about to make this manuscript my bitch. I’d say wish me luck, but I don’t need it. Not this time.

Side note: there are only a few days left in that four to six month wait to hear from Nouvella on Sins of a Father. I don’t know if that’s good or bad. My mind leans toward it being so bad that they can’t find the words to tell me it sucks or they haven’t even looked at it yet. Either may be the case, or neither may be the case, but it’s always best to prepare for rejection and be surprised if events take it a different direction. Regardless, it’s looking like I may have to contact them soon to get a status update.


7 responses to “Looking Forward

  • latash72

    Love the confidence, Adam!

  • Charles Yallowitz

    Not sure if it would work, but I use weekends for extra projects. The week is saved for whatever I have pegged as the main project. If writing a book, I use nights for the side ones too. It gives me a break from the big one and keeps the others energized. Though I’m nuts, so might just be me.

    • Adam Ickes

      Weekends are usually my “do what needs doing around the house” and recreation time. Pretty much the only time I get for either. I occasionally sneak in a few hours of writing, but it’s not often that I get the chance. During the week I work full time then after work it’s family time until the kid goes to bed. Most of my writing happens between 8 and 11 PM on weekdays.

  • patriciaruthsusan

    Sounds like you’re doing OK. I hope for the best for you! I’ve not yet submitted anything but I can imagine a bit how hard the wait would be. One of these days I may lengthen one of my flash fiction stories to short story length and try it. I have a bit of a problem with being in India and trying to market something in the U.S. I may have to do it using one of my kid’s addresses as a return address, my U.S. address.

    • Adam Ickes

      I’m doing great. I feel more focused than ever. Now if I could only find a way to stop (or at least slow down) time I could squeeze more writing into the limited time I have to do so. I’ll have to make that my mad scientist’s top priority.

      I can certainly see your dilemma. I can imagine that would be difficult to market something from halfway around the world. I wish you the best in that if you decide to take the leap and go for it.

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