I had an intended break from writing/blogging mid-October when I was away on holiday but it seems to have extended. Life is getting in the way again, I really must stop letting it 🙂
Anyway, I’m on the right track again because I am writing daily. I have taken up the NaNoWriMo challenge of writing a novel in a month. I’m enjoying having to sneak writing in whenever I can.
Is anyone else doing NaNoWriMo?
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.
Day 3 of the challenge and I still need 2670 words. It’s far more difficult adding flesh to bones than it is picking it off but I can do it. I just have to retain the positive mental attitude. Per the Sylvia Plath quote I posted yesterday – The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
I will not be letting my enemy win. Watch this space!
A leaflet fell out of my magazine for The Bridport Prize. Could it be a sign? I’m taking it as one! Where is the harm in entering this competition? There’s none at all. I am a fledgling writer and I know the odds of me winning are slim but not as slim as if I don’t enter at all – and herein lies the challenge.
For short stories, the required word count is 5000 words. At the rate I write, I would struggle to write a new story in 27 days. Oh yes, I forgot to say, the deadline is 31 May.
So, the plan is to use a short story I have already written. I have the ideal story in mind. As I write this, the aforementioned story only contains 1500 words so I have to fatten this bird up. 27 days to write an additional 3500 words. Eek!
Not to worry, I’m relishing the challenge. I may not win but I’m going to have fun trying. If nothing else, it will give me practice in discipline and working to a deadline. Perhaps this is just the boost I needed.
Self-imposed deadline coming up next month for the completion of my first short story compilation. Watch this space!