FLASH FICTION CHRONICLES
The new EDF Flash Fiction Chronicles has been launched with some excellent posts and I’m finally getting into a routine with getting it out there. Still open for submissions, of course, from writers of flash, published or not. The blog will hopefully be an archive of articles on writing from a variety of perspectives. When we have enough posts to warrant the set-up, I plan to add a page to the blog that will be organized by topic rather than by date only. This way if you are struggling to get writing on any particular day, you can click on that index page and go to a list of articles on motivation or process and hopefully, this will be the tilting point to get you typing away at a work-in-progress or a brand new story.
But we’re not ready for that yet.
WHAT CAME BEFORE
What’s that all about? Oh, yeah. The neglected novel. January saw me swearing to the keyboard that I would put in the hours to shape the 400 pages I’ve produced on that project, yet after I prepared the first fifty pages for a contest or two, I set it aside once again for the sweet pleasure of writing short.
What I have to do is decide, do I finish my opus or ignore it? Decide. Listening to Tony Robbins a few years ago, I was struck by the simplicity of one of his “tenets.” Decide, he said and I’m paraphrasing here, is to choose one option and cut off all other possibilities. The root of the word “decide” is to “cut off.” I liked that. Could life really be that simple?
Can we really just decide to follow a path and then do it thereby achieving a goal? This must be what determination is, to raise the priority of one activity over others in order to finish it to the best of our abilities. The question is, can I do it for the novel?
Why not? I’ve kept writing for years despite much floundering, shit product, and little confidence. If I can still be at the computer, writing and talking about writing, then I must have that determination. I just need to decide where my focus is and follow through.
So I’m going to decide. My focus needs to be the novel. I’ve gotten myself published in the short market which by the way I regard as a wonderful accomplishment. I’ve met the goal to submit to the new anthology at Sisters in Crime. I’m almost finished with a piece of flash I’ve promised to one more person. I must stop trolling for motivation to write something short and gear myself for the long journey to Novelland.
I’m going to do it. Starting? Today! And as Tony probably didn’t say, no ands, ifs, or buts. Except maybe I should do that index page for the Chronicles because then I’d be searching out the motivation blogs and reading them I’d feel motivated…