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Thinking about writing fiction again
As the subject line says, despite the fact that the prospects of me ever selling a novel to a Big Name Publisher are as near zero as makes no difference, I am beginning to think that writing fiction might have a place in my life after all. For one thing, I have gradually come to realise that the life of a modern professional author would not suit me at all. I used to love writing fiction and wasn't too bad at it, but I am sloooooow. If I had to do publicity and write guest blog posts etc. etc. I would never get anything else written. If I had constant deadlines to turn in revised drafts, deal with editor's comments, etc. etc., this would be my idea of hell. :(

So, with these thoughts in mind, for a while I let the fiction writing quietly wither. I also didn't have the brain capacity, what with all the study I was doing in order to complete the OU degree, get a basic qualification to teach English as a second language and run my Dad's house from 60 miles away. However, I am no longer caring for Dad, all the studying is done and I've taught the courses once so if I get to teach them again, it's just a case of refining and tweaking, not producing/finding all the materials from scratch. I know how the assessment systems work and have mastered the college admin procedures and even basic things like getting a username and pin numbers for the photocopiers took time and effort last year but are now just routine. :)

It is therefore on the cards that I will actually start writing again this summer. My plan is to treat it almost like fan fiction, except that they stories are all set in my own worlds and the characters are all my own. But the aim would be to write for myself, just to finish what I started. If I'm happy enough with the finished product, I may investigate some form of limited epub editions or even use Lulu, just so friends can read if they're interested and I can hold something tangible with a story inside and my name on the cover.

I mean, I used to enjoy writing and do it just for fun. Why did I let it get so serious that it turned into work?

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readthisandweep From: readthisandweep Date: May 17th, 2014 10:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Needless to say, this post is music to my ears! :)

Your comments about the 'side effects' of being published ring true. Even though I'm committed to the process, relish the input/critique from an editor & would love to be main-stream published, the rest feels like drudgery.

I don't write to show off. ;) I'd do it, but I wouldn't relish it. And in any case, I'm not that good at self-promotion, which is the main reason my self-published novel failed sales-wise.

Apropos Lulu: Have you come across CreateSpace? I'm told it's excellent & more user friendly that Lulu.
sartorias From: sartorias Date: May 17th, 2014 01:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great plan! CreateSpace is also there, but easiest of all are ebooks.
coneycat From: coneycat Date: May 17th, 2014 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is good news! I've also come to the realization that I don't want to be an author as my "real job" (I love my real job--and also having a schedule, people around regularly, and money coming in at predictable intervals!) but I really love to write. At the moment, honestly, I'm writing a ton of fan fiction and enjoying the interactions with the small number of people who like my stuff on AO3. But I'm with you, one day I might well decide I want to publish via Lulu or something similar, just to hold something in my hand.

I'm so glad you're getting back in to writing for your own enjoyment. It really can be such fun.
harvey_rrit From: harvey_rrit Date: May 17th, 2014 04:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I dunno what to tell you. I've never NOT been serious. It's still fun.

I can't work more than three hours a day as a rule, but I got my half of a novel collaboration done in four months. Maybe limit yourself to that, and see how things go?
julesjones From: julesjones Date: May 18th, 2014 11:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Good to hear you've got the time/energy to write again. And the developments in self-publishing make it a lot easier to just write for yourself and your friends.

I'm doing commercial small press publishing, and don't mind the editing side of things, but I am avoiding publishers who expect me to get out there on social media. I *don't* have the time and energy for that on top of the writing any more, and I'm not convinced that the return on investment is worth it.
kaishin108 From: kaishin108 Date: May 20th, 2014 02:59 am (UTC) (Link)
That does sound pleasant, writing for fun!
It makes me think of doing little art projects for fun :-)
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