• Kate O'Connor

What a week (and it's only Thursday!)

Wow. This week has been intense and pretty crazy for me. My website has been going great guns. I may have become a little obsessed with the analytics side of things and watching the number of visitors grow, but I'm OK with that.

I gained two more subscribers today thanks to a fantastic writers group I've recently joined on Facebook called the Inner Circle Writers Group. What an amazingly supportive bunch of people.

I received my very first rejection as well, so I'm a real writer now! Thanks to today's technology and everything being done by email, I obviously can't really keep a stack of rejection slips nailed to my wall like Stephen King did when he was starting out, but I'm doing the next best thing.

That's right, I'm keeping a handwritten list of every submission and outcome. Mostly to keep track of what I'm doing and who I've submitted to, but also to remind myself that I'm actually doing this and that even a rejection is still an acknowledgement.

I finished another piece last night that I started about 18 months or so ago and never went back to. For some reason, the words came pouring out last night and I wrote a massive 2300 words in a couple of hours, which is a great achievement considering I rarely find time to write. This story is my longest to date (aside from my novel) and comes in at around 4500 words. My plan is to do some editing and then possibly submit it to a member of the writer's group I mentioned earlier and see what he thinks and if he'd like to publish it.

It's wonderful and terrifying at the same time how quickly things begin to happen once we make a real effort to try.

Unrealistic goal time!!! I would love to be writing full time as my career by my 33rd birthday. That gives me 15 months. Can I succeed? Probably not. Am I gonna try anyway? You bet your arse I am!


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