Sarah Ann Hall

Reporting on writing in progress or, more probably, not.

WIP Update – Jan 2015

with 9 comments

 

It has been a while since my last work in progress update. That’s because, although I have been writing, I have nothing to report.

 

On short stories:

All short story competition entries last year resulted in nothing. No magazines accepted any stories either, although I received letters from a few editors, saying, ‘We look forward to reading more of your work.’ I expect they say that to everyone. How many times do you approach the same magazine before giving up?

 

On the manuscript I thought was ready:

Having learnt that submission to more than one agent at a time is assumed and expected, I sent my book to be perused by three at the start of November. I had planned to send the manuscript on a rolling basis, maybe to three agents a month, until someone said they wanted to read more.

I also sent the first three chapters to a couple of fellow writers who I met at a conference in September. Their comments prevented me sending the manuscript to anyone else. There isn’t enough oomph in my story. I knew from talking with an agent at the same September conference that my story didn’t have a USP. With the help of my new writer friends, both of whose opening chapters are far better than mine, I might have found the book’s quite-interesting selling point. I need to start back at the beginning. I think the middle and end will stay much as they are, but the outset needs beefing up.

 

On new ideas:

There are far too many of those. I wrote 51000-words during November as part of NaNoWriMo. This was my first attempt and I didn’t expect to be able to write that much. It was an interesting process to put everything else aside and concentrate on one thing. I learnt I’m a pantser rather than a planner. I have 51000-words of a story about a therapist who counsels young people and suffers burnout because of the things he hears. It’s his story of recovery as well as those of the students he sees. It is a framework from which to build, and needs a lot of cladding as well as the incorporation of research.

Since the beginning of the year I have been working on another new character’s story, which I drafted during two nights of insomnia over the Christmas break. I have a real feel for this one, but that might be just because it’s fresh and new.

 

On self-publishing:

I will publish the writings based on the diaries written when I first moved onto a boat many years ago. This was in the process of being edited towards the end of last year and was ¾ of the way completed before NaNoWriMo happened and then 1st December crashed into Christmas. I’m not saying when, because I’m useless with deadlines, but it will happen this year.

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Written by Sarah Ann

January 19, 2015 at 11:31 am

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  1. Sounds like you have a lot to report. Sounds like you have a lot of finished material, which is something I can only envy!

    Keep up the work, persistence and constant improvement pays out in the end.
    Cheers
    KT

    wildbilbo

    January 19, 2015 at 11:48 am

  2. I’m not sure reporting lack of success is good 🙂 I probably have too many irons in the fire – can’t settle to anything for too long as get bored/ bogged down and never finish anything completely. But I take heart from persistence and improvement paying off – I’m holding you to that 🙂 Thanks for the read and comment.

    Sarah Ann

    January 19, 2015 at 12:02 pm

  3. Agreed so much on your plate and so much accomplished – I’m here (Obviously) if you would like any help with anything, if I can be of help that is lol. I do totally understand about the being bored thing though, I have a few things which will never see the light of day. Take care, don’t burn out! I sent my manuscript to possibly 15 publishers. Your short stories, I’d reply saying if you are looking forward..is there any chance of being published? Be a little more bold and brazen, can’t hurt. 😊 xx

    ramblingsfromamum

    January 19, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    • Ooooh, don’t offer to help, I might just send you something. I like your brazen attitude, but I think that’s the difference between us reserved Poms and you more open and up front Aussies. 🙂 Having focused on writing for a while, and done some reading of others, I can see where my ms as originally penned was lacking. I just wish I could say I was looking forward to the re-write! Although, I think I probably am. It’s time to whip it into shape. S x

      Sarah Ann

      January 20, 2015 at 9:02 pm

  4. You’ve got a lot of writing going on! The 51,000 words for NaNoWriMo is impressive!

    jannatwrites

    January 20, 2015 at 4:07 am

    • Thanks Janna. I have so much going on that I haven’t got round to reading all your recent posts – I’m slapping my own wrist for my bad behaviour. Hope to be back to a normal routine soon. Can’t believe it’s taking so long to get myself organised. 51k words in a month was unexpected, but it did mean other things got neglected, which is possibly why I’m chasing my tail now.

      Sarah Ann

      January 20, 2015 at 9:13 pm

  5. That is a lot of writing! And now, I have an inferiority complex! 😉 Good going and good luck 🙂

    Shailaja/ The Moving Quill

    January 24, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    • You mustn’t develop an inferiority complex! It might sound like a lot of writing, but let’s see if I ever get anything finished. I have lots of ideas – probably too many than are good for me – but they don’t necessarily make it. 🙂 Thanks for the encouraging comment. I’m still going at the moment.

      Sarah Ann

      January 28, 2015 at 8:34 pm


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