You’ll notice the progress bar shows that the first draft of operation sacrifice is now 100% complete. Sorry I didn’t do a better job of updating that as I went. And let me tell you. Writing a short story is MUCH harder than you think. It’s tough to build a believable setting with relatable characters and a good plot arc all just in a few pages.
Part of the problem is that there was nothing to update for a very long time. We had several weeks to work on this project, and I am a terrible procrastinator at times. I knew what my story would be about (or so I thought – see below), and so I took WAY too many nights off.
Well, our self-imposed deadline to post the first draft for critiques was 8/1/11 (aka tomorrow).
By Friday night when I went to bed, I had 1,500 words written of my 10,000+ word short story. And, to make matters worse, my wife’s brother came to visit from Germany (military), and since we haven’t seen him in several years, we packed up and went over to stay with all the fam. Not exactly the perfect atmosphere for distraction free writing.
This is the good part. THIS is why I love writing.
Being at the fam’s actually worked out better than I thought because my wife and kids were occupied with family stuff the entire day, allowing me to hole up in a bedroom upstairs with my trusty netbook and type incessantly.
I started writing the story I had contrived in my head. Only, certain things that I thought would happen, didn’t happen. In fact, one path took a 90 degree turn on me, and before I knew it, the story was SO much better. A twist was there that even I wasn’t expecting. Believe me, I’m as surprised as you! That’s what I love. The story grows and develops on its own. I’m just the cultivator. I plant the seed, have a pretty good idea what the plant will look like, but you just never know.
The draft will be posted to my writing group tomorrow for the first round of critiques. Then it’ll be back to the drawing board for revisions and rewrite. I already have a small section in mind that I want to include. Some sections need a little more detail. Currently, I’m at just over 10,800 words. I wanted to be closer to 12-13,000. So, I may have to add a bit. I don’t know yet whether there will be a second round of edits or not. I assume so, but we’ll have to play that by ear.
Either way, I’ll let you know more when I know more.
In the meantime, I’ll be busy critiquing several other short stories and then fixing mine when it comes back. So, I don’t think I’ll have time to get back to my novel yet, but hopefully soon.
The best thing about this project is that it finally got me writing again, and I remembered just how much I love it.
Thanks for reading.