Writing Wednesday – So. How’ve you Been?

While I was writing Triad Blood I enacted this policy of “Writing Wednesdays” as a public check-in. I figured if I held myself accountable, out loud where everyone could see me, to my writing goals, that I’d do a better job at keeping on track. And it totally worked. I got my manuscript drafted over a month early, which gave me a month to send it to beta folk and time to really hack it down and do more revision before it was due in to the publisher for the first round of edits. It was fantastic. Writing Wednesdays were a huge success.

Then I didn’t have a novel due.

Now, I’d been holding myself to a particular schedule throughout the process of Triad Blood – Mondays and Tuesdays I worked on the novel, Wednesdays I worked on some short fiction for open calls for submission or a project to which I’d been invited, and then Thursdays and Fridays I went back to the novel. On weekends, I would write if I felt particularly inspired, but I didn’t force myself.

Again, that worked. I even held to my goal of submitting something every month – be that a short piece to an open call for submission or a contest or a private submission for something I’d been asked for. It didn’t matter. Once a month I was to send something off.

I also succeeded at that.

Then I didn’t have a novel due.

So… The good news is I still managed to maintain sending in a monthly submission since then, the bad news is I’m completely out of the habit of writing every week-day. And now that it’s October, I’ve decided the month of September was like a milk “vacation/reward” for being done, and it’s time to get back in the saddle.

So. New plan?

  • Mondays and Tuesdays on Story or Piece “A” – which is for a current open call and aimed at maintaining my once-a-month submission rate (at minimum).
  • Wednesdays are for updating this list, and working on an outline/pitch for what will be Novel 3 – I haven’t decided here what to go with at all. I have a YA idea, there’s a sequel to Light floating in my head, I know that Triad Soul and Triad Magic have potential futures… I’m not sure. But brainstorming is good for my creative health.
  • Thursdays and Fridays on Stories for my own project – I have an idea, and it’s bare-bones, but I’m going to move forward with it at least until the time at which I get my edits back for Triad Blood. I’m not sure exactly what I’d like to do with a finished collection of these stories, but first I’d like to write them. The rest I can untangle later.

    So I should be back, with word-counts and discussion, on Wednesdays again.

    Don’t let me punk out.

    Open Calls I Know About

    I also got out of touch with keeping up with this list, but here we go again…

  • Nine Star Press has a call open for Valentine’s themed stories, but no concrete deadline listed.
  • Torquere Press has quite a few themed submission calls up right now, the earliest deadline for which is October 15th, 2015.
  • The Saints and Sinners Literary Festival Short Fiction Contest – Deadline extended; loose theme of ‘Saints’ and/or ‘Sinners’ fiction; new deadline November 2nd, 2015.
  • Men in Love – M/M Romance; deadline November 15th, 2015.
  • Covalent Bonds – Geeks in Love; deadline December 15th, 2015.
  • Year of the Superhero – The Book Smugglers, looking for superhero short fiction; Deadline December 31st, 2015.
  • Friends of Hyakinthos – Fantastical gay male-themed stories set during the time of Ancient Greece or involving Hellenism in later cultures; Deadline January 1st, 2016.
  • Other places to always check include the Lambda Literary Calls of Submission page.

    Know of any other short fiction open calls for submission? Let me know in the comments.

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