I am eking away* at my work in progess–chapter 3 has thrown me for several loops and is already defeating my planned structure and word count goals. But the momentum is still going in the right direction, and the early response from my readers has been great.
I have also submitted 4 stories this month to various anthologies and magazines. One has already been accepted and will appear in July (more on that as July draws nearer). The others have turntimes of up to 3 months, so it’s a slow process.
Some writers try to submit 10 stories a month. While I admire the dedication this takes, I never want to feel that I’m spamming ‘zines with my work. And I don’t have so many unsold stories (less than ten) that I can submit to every conceivable entry that comes up. Then again, it is a numbers game and if you don’t submit as aggressively as you can you may end up with too many trunk stories for your trunk. What do you all think? Is there ever a case for writing for its own sake? Or is an unpublished story simply a wasted opportunity?
*See the quote below the picture, which is as vivid as any quote on writing I’ve seen.