Saturday writing

I started a new story tonight. Well, not exactly. I started a completely new revision to a rather old story. I have always been very fond of a story that I wrote back in 1994, which I called “He Had the Weight of the World On His Shoulders/He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands”. I loved the idea behind the story, which originated with something my Grandpa once said. Back then, it was rejected all around, without comment. But I still like the idea of the story and I thought that any writing is better than no writing. Why not take what I’ve learned of my craft in the 13 years since I first wrote the story and see if I can’t improve it into something that I could reasonably sell.

Tonight I started on that. I wrote about 400 words, which make up the first part of the story. I can see places in the old manuscript where I overdid things, where the writing doesn’t sound natural or where I bang the reader over the head with things when I should be more subtle. Also, the original story was some 8,100 words long. I’m trying to cut the revised version of the story in half. I like what I’ve done so far. We’ll see how it progresses.

Oh, by the way, the story is a fantasy–or a futuristic fantasy–which is something that I rarely do.

I’m not sure how well I will actually work with 5 or 6 different things in various phases of completion. It could get confusing I suppose, but it also gives me the ability to pick and choose among projects so that if I get tired of any one thing, I can work on something else until I am no longer tired of what I was originally working on–or I find another way to approach it. The important thing is writing as much as possible. That’s the only way to learn and the only way to improve.

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.