I have 53 short stories, one novel, one novella, and my WW2 story contributions (10 in total) to edit and get submission ready, but yet I’m struggling to resist new story submission calls. It’s like a drug. I’ve just seen one on the cult of me website, and I’m just itching to get started, never mind the novel I should have finished last year.
I have set myself a goal of rewriting 10 chapters of my novel by the end of the week, which is doable, as long I stay focused. This means not being distracted by competitions, submission calls, ideas for writing group trips, or cute little birds flying past my window. Well, it’s not as easy as it should be, especially fighting the urge to write new stories, and watching birds – I really do like birds. Sadly, I have always had this problem, which explains why I have 53 short stories that need editing.
I have tried to limit the amount of new stories that I write, which is a struggle: I get grumpy when I don’t write. So I think my only solution is to allow myself to write flash fiction pieces, yes, my to-edit pile will grow, but it might curb my cravings, so I can finally focus on my novel. And this will allow me to write my entry for the competition above and all the other ones I have added to the list.
I’m still aiming for my novel goal, though, and my 2016 writing goals. I just need to stop avoiding the pain of editing. All the hard work is worth it in the end.
Keep writing, folks! I hope you’re more focused than I am.
My latest, Writing Times Magazine, article can be found at the link below.