Monday, June 20, 2011

Rainy Days and Mondays

Is there any worse feeling than coming back to work after a long and enjoyable weekend? And is there any better feeling than having spent that weekend eating good food, spending time with family, and productively writing? My answer is “no”, on both counts.

This past weekend, I spent most of my free time engaging in that most pleasurable of activities…creative writing. I am in the middle of a short story/ novella for a call for submissions by a romance publisher. Unfortunately, when I noted down the deadline for this call for submissions, I gave myself two extra weeks, so a few weeks ago I realized the real deadline—which is the first day of July—and I set to work with a much reduced work schedule ahead of me. A daunting task.

On the good side, I started out writing my erotic romance story with considerable momentum and already had several thousand words written. Over this past weekend, I added another five thousand or so words (10 pages on Saturday and 5 pages on Sunday).

I’m now more than halfway through my story (8,500 words completed, with a guideline of 15,000 to 20,000 words to work with). I am psyched! And most of all, even with the tight deadline, I’m wholeheartedly enjoying the writing process. Maybe it’s the new subgenre or the theme of the submission itself: Angels and Demons. Who doesn’t like a great topic like that to write about?

My plan for the next few weeks is as follows: This week (including the weekend), I intend to finish my first draft. I will be editing, revising and polishing next week. The deadline is July 1st, which is a national holiday (Canada Day). I intend to have my story traveling through cyberspace on that morning. Happy Canada Day to me!

Photo courtesy of luigi diamanti at

No comments:

Post a Comment