There’s something immensely satisfying about a growing stack of paper filled with your own words. I’m really getting into this short story business but then that could be because I’m writing this in 3rd person as opposed to 1st and that just comes easier to me. Anyway I’m half way through and the best bit’s to come…Eeeek!
In other news I passed my driving test today and I’m over the moon. Soooo…all in all I’ve been very productive. Nothing can slow me down now, nothing.
What have you been up to today? Do pray tell.
Anyhow I’ll be off. See ya.
I’ve started typing the first draft of my short story which at the moment has been given the title “A Bird’s Nest”. I’ve found it a lot easier than I thought it would be but then again it is only the first draft and I may look back on it and detest it. Anyway in terms of the actual writing I’m well on the way to getting it done in the next few days – in fact there is a chance I’ll exceed the word count! So far I’ve calculated that four pages per scene will be fine and I’m finding that I get through these quite quickly; that’s either a good thing or a bad thing. I’m really enjoying being able to start a story and have it develop rapidly instead of gradually like in a novel which brings me onto my next point.
Chapter two is finished! This was considerably longer than the first so I’m pretty happy it’s done. I can see that chapter three, mind you, is going to be a bit trickier to tackle. I’m still deciding on the character’s tone and story. I’m hoping that by the end of chapter four; when all the characters have had their say; I’ll have got this problem under my belt.
Any tips on overcoming this problem if all else fails?
Hi everyone, I’m feeling very guilty for not posting in some time. Work has been mounting up over the summer holidays and its now crashing down like a tonne of bricks. I haven’t had much time to do anything but the very essential: coursework, related study, reading. All help to get me the grades but help me to write? Not so much.
Anyway I have managed to do some writing. Very little mind you. I’ve made it to the middle of chapter two of my story which is further than I thought I’d get considering that I was even thinking of starting until next year. It’s taking its time because I’m still trying to find the characters voice: the way they speak and think as well as the tone and atmosphere I want to create and since there’s four characters – all written in 1st person – I have to do it four times!
That aside I am enjoying myself. I’ve recently started to also consider short stories. Something that I could complete in a shorter amount of time, you know just to give me the feeling of accomplishment. I have a few ideas, and a couple of options in terms of publication: magazines,…here.
Hopefully now that I’ve got my coursework well on the to completion I should have more time to do writing on the side…and blog posts! So what advise have you got for writing short stories? How do you plan? How do you write them? I look forward to reading your feedback.