Greetings from Funkyville

I’m still feeling funky. Over the last couple of days I’ve written 500 words on the new novel, 500 words on the novella, about 100 words total on three or four other stories, and even started a couple of new stories. And still, nothing. I also realized I was in the middle of a corresponding reading funk and I think that may have something to do with it. I know a lot of people say they cant read in the genre when they’re writing, but I’m the opposite. If I’m not excited about what I’m reading then I’m rarely excited about what I’m writing.

The main problem with the writing seems to be my thinking too much about the marketability of the pieces. That’s crap and I need to get over it. The only exception to this is the novella. I’ve only got a couple of weeks until the deadline and to meet that I’d have to write non-stop every day and I’d just make the deadline with no time to rewrite. That seems like a waste to me.

What I really want to do is write a short story for EQMM or AHMM and then get back to the new book. The choice is between writing a story with my PI character dealing with his theatre background, or doing a standalone story about a computer repo guy. Anyone out there who has published in AH or EQ have any suggestions?

And speaking of EQ shorts, one the books I’m hoping will take me out of my reading funk is Steve Hockensmith’s second novel On the Wrong Track. One of the highlights of my trip to NYC for Edgar week was meeting Steve and having him recognize my name from the blog. I told him that I don’t like westerns and I don’t like Sherlock Holmes, but I liked his first novel about cowboy ranchers who try to be detective like Holmes. I’m hoping the second one is as good.

4 thoughts on “Greetings from Funkyville

  1. Oh, man — now the pressure’s on. If you don’t write an Edgar-worthy story in the next week or so, everyone’s going to think it’s *my* fault!I enjoyed chatting with you in New York and felt bad about ducking out early. Not only did I miss out on more face time with you and Sarah and everyone else, I missed seeing Barry Eisler kill a man with his pinkie (or whatever that “bar brawl” thingie was). I ended up feeling like crap the next day anyway, so I probably should’ve blown off the extra sleep and stayed up for the fun. Next time I’ll know better…if there ever *is* a next time for me…. As for which project you should focus on right now…yowza. Tough question. Sounds like it oughta just be the one you’d enjoy that most. When I was feeling bogged down in my latest novel, I wrote “FUN!” in big, red letters on the dry-erase board I use to track my progress. Just a little reminder why I got into this kooky writing business in the first place. And speaking of fun, I hope ON THE WRONG TRACK helps you hop the next train out of Funkyville!-Steve

  2. Okay, I usually just read without commenting, but are there really computer repo guys? My God, just imagine the stories you can write with what he finds on those computers!! And does he turn his info over to the cops or wing it on his own? Oh yeah, very cool.

  3. I’ve been published with AHMM a couple of times now and I’d say not to worry about either one of them. Write good stories as they come to you. Find markets for them later – the chances of cracking either market are slim (I get the nicest rejection letters now, but I still get them) and the story would be out of your hands for months anyway.

  4. “The main problem with the writing seems to be my thinking too much about the marketability of the pieces. That’s crap and I need to get over it.”I’ll avoid the obvious jokes about the problems with your writing and be serious for a moment – thinking about the marketability IS crap. Get over it.

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