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Growth and Progress

Posted by Rob on 13th February 2015 in Writing |

After some time, I’ve finally finished the first draft of what I’m intending to submit to the Writers of the Future 2015 second-quarter. The deadline for that is the end of March, and I’m well ahead of it, though much editing lies before me–and it’s the longest serious short story I’ve written to date. But […]

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WOTF – Honourable Mention

Posted by Rob on 13th December 2014 in Writing |

Well, for a first-time entry, I’ll take it — especially as I only submitted on a whim, to try and shake away my nerves about the idea of submitting to this contest!  But more than that, I take it as a sign to move forwards.  While the contest results were still up in the air, I […]

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Writers of the Future

Posted by Rob on 27th November 2014 in Writing |

Phew! What a week. If I was to bet on what amateur writers envy most about the lives of pro writers, it’d be simply this — that they don’t end up getting sidetracked by their work or job. I work freelance, which means that my job can, at times, grow to consume almost all of […]

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The Balancing Act Continues

Posted by Rob on 11th November 2014 in Writing |

I’m writing novel stuff.  And I’m writing short fiction stuff.  And so far, at least, it seems to be working. I read a note by another writer — Robin Hobb, I think? — who mentioned that she often has new ideas, or ideas for new first lines of a story, while she’s working on a larger project. […]

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Keeping Focus

Posted by Rob on 28th October 2014 in Writing |

So, I decided I wouldn’t write any more short stories until I had my novel rumbling along.  It seemed like a fine plan, right up until I got struck by a short story idea that I couldn’t resist writing.  I plotted it out, and started work on it yesterday. Which begs the question — do I […]

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Old-Fashioned Boy

Posted by Rob on 21st October 2014 in Writing |

I write, edit, and sub quite a lot.  Probably more than I should, at times — sometimes, I just send out a story because I’ve been having a bad day, and I want to feel like I did something productive.  Then later, I look at what I sent out, and I regret it.  Hey ho. […]

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NaNoWriMo creeping in…

Posted by Rob on 16th October 2014 in Writing |

I started doing NaNo in 2007, but after a few years of trying it, I gave up on the concept.  Although the format had encouraged me to write the 50,000 words that they deemed made me a “novelist”, I’d never ended up with anything I would have considered to be an actual novel — I had drafts, words, […]

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The Little Rejection That Couldn’t

Posted by Rob on 10th October 2014 in Writing |

Ugh…so, it’s been that time again. A short story has been out for a while, it’s endured through to the query period, and after querying it’s turned out that my rejection was simply eaten by the internet. Sigh. It’s disappointing, but in two cases out of three when I’ve actually had to query, this has […]

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Reject, edit, repeat…

Posted by Rob on 9th October 2014 in Writing |

Although I’m not getting many acceptances just yet, one thing I take comfort in is that recently, aside from the one acceptance I did get, my rejections are getting altogether more promising.  The most recent one, from a well-known pro market, opened itself by praising the strength of the writing–and although they went on to […]

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Rejections, edits, and markets…

Posted by Rob on 25th September 2014 in Writing |

So, one of those delayed submissions finally came back, and it’s a rejection — but it’s a rejection of a kind I don’t often get, namely the “Liked it, but it’s not a fit for our magazine” rejection.  It’s actually pretty hard to feel bad about that — if I’ve done my job well enough […]

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