Like most of publishing, I’m taking a vacation until January. Well, that’s not really true. I’m stll heading into the day job (actually worked there today) but I’m putting the blog on vacation.
What I will be doing is something I’m calling Winter Wonder Write. I worked today so that I could have the Friday after Christmas off, giving me a four-day weekend. Then I’m burning my last vacation on January 2nd, giving me another four-day weekend. Both these weekends will be dedicated to writing.
It doesn’t matter that what I’m working on isn’t under contract (actually one of them, a novella, is.) This is a present to myself, to work on something that I want to work on, something fun, something that stretches me as a writer. Hopefully, it blossoms into something that can sell.
Sure, the economy is dire. I don’t know that I’ll be able to sell anything. But I didn’t know that when I first started out either. And here’s the thing: publisher’s don’t make money if they ain’t got nothin’ to sell. That means to me, publishers are still going to buy books, and they’re probably looking for new (to them) authors to bring in. I figure the time’s good for me to make a move. To do that, I’ve got to have a story or two ready to go.
I don’t participate in NaNoWriMo because I’m usually working on something contracted with its own deadline and I can’t start something new. And that sort of pressure and competition just stymies me creatively. But with the holidays falling the way they are, and my not-quite-a-resolution to be more productive and sell more in 2009, the conditions are ripe for take the step.
So join me, won’t you? Let’s have a Winter Wonder Write for these two weeks that traditional publishing is closed. Let’s work on stuff we’ve always wanted to try our hand at, characters that have been calling out, ideas that have ratled around just waitin for an opportunity. The opportunity is here.
I’ll be back the first Tuesday of 2009 with a teaser from my first erotic futuristic short, Independence Day, featuring in Volume One of the upcoming Coming Together: At Last anthology.
Best Wishes to you and yours for the rest of the year and in the New Year to come!