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Writing Wednesday: Perverse Writing Motivation

Last Week’s Goals

All three blog posts went out as scheduled. I had 4 stories return from market, and they were sent back out, like Heinlein said.

There are now two days until the full release of Ups and Downs: Detective Jimmy Delaney Collection #3. It’s available now as a preorder, and you can read it for FREE NOW through a Smashwords presale (both options are only available through tomorrow.) Further information is HERE on my Current Book Promotions page.

I wrote on seven days last week, and made my daily quota on two of them. Despite this, I made my weekly quota with 3,545 words of fiction. Swordsmaster #2 is now at 111,534 words.

What Keeps You Writing?

Writing can be a lonely, somewhat depressing pursuit. Among the many tips I’ve read about to help writers stay motivated is to treat each rejection as an accomplishment, because:

  1. You’re bound to get A LOT of rejections.
  2. Getting a rejection means you’ve put yourself out there.
  3. If you’re still putting yourself out there, it means you haven’t given up yet.

Sounds cheery, doesn’t it?

I’ve been at this for a while. I’ve completed 106 pieces of short fiction, and so far have 655 rejections to my credit. I am SO NOT inspired by this, but I know it’s an accomplishment.

One of my rejections this past week (“And Then Her Tail Fell Off”) got me another Honorable Mention in the Writers of the Future contest (that makes 5 HMs and one Silver HM.) I got all excited, and sent it off to the next publisher on my list (Heinlein’s rules) and even mentioned the award in my cover letter. It took them two days to kick it off their slush pile. That brings me back down to earth – or reassures me that you can never predict what a given editor/judge will deem worthy.

“But wait, Bill. You’ve been indie publishing for ten years now. Why are you sending stories to out to traditional publishers? Is it just through some warped sense that it’s what you’re supposed to do? To prove that you can be as tough as the next writer?”

Well, no. Despite the fact that I’ve indie published almost everything I’ve written, I still shop to markets in the hopes of making a traditional sale. Partly for validation that my work is worthy, and mostly because if I do make a sale, the paycheck is a lot faster than waiting for an indie published piece of short fiction to earn the same amount.

And every so often it pays off. As I was writing this post, I received an acceptance from The Arcanist. They will be publishing my story “Travel Advisory” on May 20th. That’s a bigger ego boost than I usually get. Of course, the timing is inconvenient – it sort of undermines the purpose of this post. But I’ll take what I can get. (I am NOT doing a happy dance – I’m really not.)

So – what helps keep you writing? I’d love to see it in the comments. Just saying…

Current Book Promotions

In a Flash Detective Jimmy Delaney eBook CoverPurrMission-MainTall_025For info on how to preorder my latest release (“Two Buttons to Eternity”), or even get it for FREE, as well as  information and links for my other current promotions (including the FREE starter eBooks for my Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire series and my Detective Jimmy Delaney series), look HERE on my CURRENT BOOK PROMOTIONS page.

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Current Book Promotions

In a Flash Detective Jimmy Delaney eBook CoverPurrMission-MainTall_025For info on how to preorder my latest release (“Two Buttons to Eternity”), or even get it for FREE, as well as  information and links for my other current promotions (including the FREE starter eBooks for my Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire series and my Detective Jimmy Delaney series), look HERE on my CURRENT BOOK PROMOTIONS page.

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