Some time ago the WWG decided we would publish a collection of short stories. We wrote a few posts about it so you may recall the plan.
Well everyone who was keen to write stories went away and produced some really excellent first drafts. But that was the problem – they were first drafts, they needed more work, more polishing and honing to make them the stories they were clearly meant to be. Some went away and revised and submitted further drafts of their stories but others were unable to commit the time – for very good and more important reasons life got in the way. The result was that we didn’t have a sufficient body of work to move to our publishing goal – plus the work involved in editing, formatting and preparing the book for publication was also going to present a challenge in terms of time.
Does any of this sound familiar?
A quick browse around writing blogs shows that finishing work that has been started is a common problem. In the interim the WWG’s membership has changed and we have moved on but for all of those writers that produced draft stories, they now have something to go back to and work on when they decide that they are able to go back to and prioritise those stories. I sincerely hope those writers do so – those stories deserve to be told.
Now the WWG is trying again. This time we are having a go at a poetry collection. We all have one thing in common – the wonderful areas we live and work in – the rolling North Downs, the Kent Weald, London. The theme we have chosen for our collection is Place. Many of the poems submitted talk of places much further afield than Woldingham. Our hope is to self-publish the collection at some point. We shall keep you updated and hope that this time we shall succeed.
In the meantime we should receive some tips from The Self Publishing Partnership who are coming to our meeting next week to talk to us about the world of self-publishing.
What about you? How many unfinished drafts litter your desk or sit in computer files? Do share, we’d love to carry on this conversation.
We’ll be back next week (assuming we can prioritise the time – ha!) with a post about our September meeting and what we’ve learned about self-publishing.