I’m experimenting with applying the disciplined habits of my freelance writing to fiction. Although I don’t think I’ll have be a fiction writer with a daily page count, I’m beginning to see the benefits of such a commitment.
Freelance assignments have always taken precedence over my fiction. It had to be that way for years and even as I try to switch the emphasis in the other direction, I hesitate on my own behalf and still hop to it for my clients. A 700-word rush job article by 2—sure I’ll get it done. (I pulled that one off on Tuesday with a head cold and a cough.) Intriguing captions for the Instagram campaign, a business-to-business book proposal, and the tricky to word responses to negative publicity… all occupy the front burner while a novel and a short story simmer in the back.
On Saturday I finally moved the story to the front. I wrote the entire first draft in one sitting and then I reworked it on Sunday. Is it good? I can’t be objective—yet. But the point is that by making the story the priority, I got it done and there’s a lesson there.
I’ve sent the new Candy’s Monsters novella to two alpha readers. Next week I have a phone appointment with a book doctor/editor to discuss my new M.O. for a novel that has been knocking around in one form or another for an unconscionable length of time.
In other words, it’s time to get serious about fiction.