Wulf Moon wrote:Don't miss your Q2 WotF entry, RJK Lee. Always work on your highest priorities first. Rating level of importance of tasks is a very good idea. Nothing in writing should be more important than sending your best into WotF every quarter.
Figure out what creates a Pavlovian response for writing, so you can drool words all over the page when the trigger goes off. Recreate it every day.
I haven't been hammering you with assignments so you get your Q2 in. Use the time wisely. I won in the end because I quit entering hit and miss and chose to never let a quarter go by without submitting my best. You do the same.
I hope everyone reviewed my two posts on Heart's Desire. I think it's one of the most important things that needs to be up front in your stories, and must be developed throughout. Once you ring that bell, keep ringing that bell through the rest of your story. That melody inside your protagonist's heart should rise to a crescendo just as your plot hits its crescendo. As you read WotF winners, watch for this. See how they did it. It's there, right up front.
Thanks for the motivation. And for the reminder about Heart's Desire! I have two short stories close to end but definitely will give them a look with the Heart's Desire in mind to see what's holding them back emotionally. I just went back over the Heart's Desire post. If nothing else, I might end up using my latest flash. I think I still haven't decided exactly which stories I want to finish this quarter, but I'll focus on finishing up two first anyway, then we'll see which of my 3-4 choices are best for WotF submission. I'm looking forward to a long night after my work (yeah, we still have that in Japan), and fairly open schedule all day tomorrow, so will get on top of that! Critiques have really helped me tackle some issues with my writing this quarter and hoping to do the same with my Q2 short stories.
For my Pavlovian response, I've been using the exact same soundtrack of electronic chill and beats this month, and it has worked fairly well. I need to delve into some plot and structure thinking time for the short story issues. Or maybe write around the issues to see what I'm missing, instead of using it as an excuse to not write (or as excuse to write something else).