Short Story Writing Month, and here I am working on one of my novels.

Well, this is silly.

Last year, Short Story Writing Month gave me a kick in the pants to start writing short stories.  It was a welcomed change from writing novels.  It put some distance between me and them, and, quite fortunately, garnered me a couple of credits for my CV.

And now that’s SSWM is here again, I feel somewhat silly that, suddenly, I’ve stopped writing short stories to tinker with my novels again.

Now that I’ve got a couple of things in print, I feel I have a better position when approaching an agent to represent the Spell Carrier series.  I hope this is the case; I’d love to see these books get picked up.

I reread the first book last month, and was delighted/excited/relieved to discover that I really, really enjoyed it.  It’s been a few years for that one, and, having distanced myself from ‘the work’, it actually held up to my critical eye.

…Except the opening few pages, which I was never happy with.  So I rewrote them from scratch, and now I have my best foot forward.  I know where the story gets its hooks into *me*, I hope it snags my other readers the same way.  I know if they give it a shot, they’ll be hooked.  I know I was.

And that, my friends, is just about the best feeling I’ve ever had as a writer.

Thanks for reading.

Heidi out.

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About H.G. Bells

H.G. Bells writes around the intersections of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. She has several short stories in print, and is repped by Beth Campbell for her novel Sleep Over, coming soon from Skyhorse Publishing.
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