Week 6: 10 Weeks of 10 Stories
Story #6 is done and away!
After I hit the halfway milestone, I had this little voice saying:
“You’ve done five. That’s pretty good. You can stop now.”
So I really did have to write the story, because I had committed to doing it. It’s easy to find something else to do than write something.
It probably didn’t help also that I was fried over the weekend from the writer’s conference. It’s hard being an introvert and being already so many people all day long. I tried to get breaks, but not enough to recharge effectively. Plus I got two rejections — same story. And I’m still working on the novel and nearing the halfway mark. Then there were the two major storms that rolled through.
This story was tough to write though. It was for a military anthology from a prestigious press. The only problem was that they didn’t pay, which irked me.
They want to support the soldiers, but they don’t pay for the writing?!
However, the majority of the calls are like that, and I do want to get visibility in this area. I doubt if very many women are writing for this, except for the wives, and all the stories all probably defaulting to male soldiers.
The women’s voices need to be heard, too.
But I kept it to flash fiction, because I wasn’t going to write a 5,000 word story for free. The story took about 30 minutes to write and was 500 words, and I hated it. I kept feeling like something was wrong with it, though I couldn’t pin down why.
I’m guessing it was simply because I went out of my comfort zone with it, and quite a bit. It’s easier for me to plop soldiers in a fantasy because the focus on is on the fantasy elements and being a soldier is part of that story. This one put a magnifying glass on a single moment of being a real soldier in a real place.
So I ignored those little voices saying it wasn’t good and sent it out.