Writing fiction professionally, as most writers will tell you, brings mostly intangible rewards. I’ve been writing fiction full-time for about three years now, and I have to agree.
Been quite unwell this last month (hence the drop in blogging), but I’ve been feeling a bit blessed with the intangible rewards flooding in.
On top of signing up with an agent last month, this month I’ve had the following:
- Published at Cha: An Asian Literary Journal: been trying to get in here for the last 6 years, with about 5 different stories. Finally got accepted: The Wedding Day is the story of a married actress’s complicated love story with an autistic woman. This is how it begins:
“A comb, a coiled viper, a lamp, a roasted suckling pig, a red veil: I begin my only daughter’s wedding day sitting up in bed, calling up these objects from my dreams.”
Took 6 years and about 10 drafts and paid mostly in terms of just the joy of finding it a home. Writing fiction professionally didn’t bring any monetary rewards in this case.
“The corpse of Zahira lay on the only cot in the household.”
This one took 5 years and 23 drafts, professional fiction writing, if I’ve ever done any. Also paid in terms of the joy of writing, giving voice to a grave issue, but no money.
The pay for these two stories has arrived in full: I don’t want anything else from them. If you went ahead and gave them a read, they would both be happy– I think of stories published as children sent out into the world, and now they must find their own lives, separate from me.
3. Got longlisted and shortlisted at the Bath Flash Fiction Award: This was a stunner. Two of my stories got longlisted and one made it to the short list. I hadn’t spent much time writing them: probably less than an hour each in writing, a few quick drafts. Maybe I should take up flashfiction writing as my sole profession!
4. THE CHERISHED BLOGFEST: This, for sure, is the best reward of writing professionally, and blogging to support it. I’ve made brilliant, kind, capable, wise friends: Dan Antion has taken up the organization of the blogfest this year, along with Sharukh Bamboat, Mary Giese, Peter Nena, Cheryl Pennington and Kate Powell.
With novel deadlines looming and health on the way to recovery, I’ll participate in this blogging event, but not sure how well I can support it, so I’m counting on you guys. SIGN UP NOW if you love blogging: it’s easy and you’ll make tons of good friends:
“Share the story of one of your cherished objects. Tell us what it is, post a picture of it if you like, and tell us why you cherish it.
Keep your post to 500 words, and join us on the 29th, 30th or 31st of July 2016 in sharing memories, emotions, and information.”
More info here.
I’ve missed you all this month, and in bed, one of the things I longed to do was chat and comment. But my brain is all mush. I’ve added likes, but sadly, no comments! Apologies if I’ve been scarce: I shall begin rounds this weekend!
What news do you have to share? What posts of yours do you think I should visit first? What do you think of the stories I linked to? Are you joining the Cherished Blogfest (say you are!) ? What advice do you have for anyone taking up writing fiction professionally?
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