Asking for what I want has become the theme this week. Asking and not hiding it and not fearing a possible rejection. Rejection is an important part of life, it’s the primary tool used in editing.
When you edit a piece, you reject the unessential and focus and sometimes expand on the essential. Life, I am beginning to suspect, operates under similar rules.
Last week I have finished the prewriting for the novella expanding the San Frantasy story. If all goes to plan, by the time that this article is posted, I should be about a week into writing. That is very exciting.
I’ve been trying to have one day a week where I can play pretend at being a full time writer. It helps me keep the energy flowing. I did one on Memorial day and it energized me through the week. If that isn’t a sign that I should continue to pursue writing full time, I don’t know what is.
The podcast has also ended by the time this is published. I learned a lot from this season, primarily these lessons:
- I am more capable than I could ever imagine
- People like my writing
- I like podcasting and I should keep doing it
- I need more writer friends
I might also try doing a more focused season and tell a single story, or a collection of shared-universe stories next season. I am not entirely sure, but I really do like that idea. Maybe that has some more legs than trying to get people to submit multiple stories and have a ton of different stories. It also gives the podcast a fun spin.