I actually did get a week of vacation this summer, but mostly all I did was hang out with family, eat great food, and drink. I did manage to get half a page of handwritten stuff done during that week, so I’ll call it a success.
Over the summer break from the critique group, I decided to take the time to figure out what I really wanted to get out of the group, and then go from there. I love the feedback I get, and the constructive suggestions, but the problem lay in the fact that all I have are long, incomplete novels to hand over. Some of it is fine, but some of it… not so much.
My novels aren’t quite dumpster fires, but they do need to be a) completed and b) go through a rough edit before hitting the critique group.
It just seemed like too much work, so I let my brain wander for a bit. After a few weeks, it occurred to me that one possible solution was to focus on writing shorter stories, which would be faster to finish and easier to rough edit before handing them over. I had been feeling really bad about showing them stuff and then never letting them read more; it seemed like a tease. Writing a comparatively short story, on the other hand, would be far more satisfying for everyone.
The only drawback – I haven’t written short fiction in twenty years. Ugh.
I’m really good at blathering on, not so good at brief. In fact, I’m not sure this will end up as a true short story, the wordcount might go to novelette or novella length. So, fingers crossed, and I hope this experiment goes well! I’ve got approximately 1500 words written so far, and with any luck I’ll have enough rough edited for October’s meeting.