I have completed the challenge that I set for myself – to complete a short story for entry in The Bridport Prize competition. As I mentioned in my previous post, when I read the instructions properly, I discovered that the word count was a maximum of 5000, not a compulsory amount of 5000 words. I trimmed some superfluous details from the story and it comes in at 4015 words now. I’m quite proud of that. I know this won’t be the best work I will ever do. I know it’s only the beginning but I’m glad I achieved what I set out to do. Now to move onto the next project – publish an e-book this year. Onwards and upwards!
I have previously mentioned that I was taking up a challenge to write a 5000 word short story within 4 weeks for a competition. I started off with 1500 words and I have been adding to it, with the target word count of 5000 words in mind. Tonight, I realised I was wrong. Reading the rules on the Bridport Prize webpage, I discovered that it is a MAXIMUM of 5000 words. I’m not going to lie, I could have bulked up my story to 5000 words but I doubt it would be the best version of the story. The version I have now is better than it was at 1500 words but I think that with a little bit of editing, I can make my story the best version yet.
I don’t know why I didn’t read the competition rules before I began but I have learned a lesson tonight – read and read thoroughly!
I’m just glad I realised it with a week to spare 🙂
After only writing 100 words tonight, I realised that I have taken on a mammoth task. Trying to fit writing around a full-time job and raising a family is not easy. I still have around 1800 words to go to reach the required 5000 and of course, there is still editing to do. In the past, I would have been scared off. Now, I invite the challenge. I am trying to invent ways of gaining time to write. Let’s just say, I may be a hermit for the next couple of weekends. I WILL COMPLETE THIS CHALLENGE! I will be entering the competition. I am loving my positive outlook on this and I hope I can maintain it. Watch this space!
The link for the competition, should you require it – Bridport Prize.