Monday, August 25, 2014

First Draft

Getting close to the end of a first draft of a short story I'm working on. I've actually had the ending written for a few weeks now. I'm writing to it which is kinda weird for me. In the past, I've usually wrote the ending last in anything I've written up until now. For some reason it feels like I'm holding string in my hands and it's tied to some anchor point ahead of me that I can't see. I'm taking steps, walking until I get to that point. Where the line takes me is something that I'm having to follow one step at a time. Can't tell if it's leading me straight ahead, walking to the left or right, or in circles. Definitely don't know how many steps it's going to take to get there. But, I guess that's part of the fun. I feel the journey should be just as fun as getting to the destination.

And on to the next step...

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Short update

As I'm getting ready to head out to work (my paying job being that of a mail carrier), and eating my unfrosted strawberry poptart,  I realized I haven't posted anything in a while. I've been thinking quite a bit about the short story that I'm writing. I feel stuck. That I wrote myself into a corner. The threat of being too broad with the theme, or going off on tangents is very strong.

Here's my problem, my MC (Main Character) has made a decision out of rage and loss to destroy the heart of an alien empire. The MC, having been created by the alien empire, is being assaulted by a mix of emotions. Some that he's feeling for the first time. He wants answers for a crime they committed, but is trying to be judicial in the process. The problem I'm having is how much information is necessary to convey this without being too lengthy. It is a short story after all.

I guess the main thing is to focus on what attracted me to the story in the first place and stick to that.