First Draft

I finished the first draft of a short story last week. For some people, that’s no big deal, but for me, it’s actually a first. The last time I started into the craft of writing, I tried my hand at a novel length work, but I didn’t finish. This time I decided to do something shorter so I could start and finish and see the entire process. Step one is now complete, and after giving it a short break, I will go back and look at revising.

The story itself covers a character that I intend to put into a novel that I am planning to write as part of my writing course. It’s not planned to be a main character, but who knows; I kind of like the guy, so his role will certainly be more prominent than I originally thought.

During my break I plan to try my hand as some 500 word Flash Fiction. Let me know if it’s something you are interested in reading, and/or if you want a link to a great free course where you can learn a process for such thing!

Make it a great day!

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I’m Back Update

I thought I would combine the explanation of my latest “weird” post with an explanation of my absence, so here goes.

I have been absent from most everything “casual” for just over 18 months due to some pretty demanding work commitments that are only now starting to wrap up. Being an Accounting type in real life sometimes means you get pulled into “transactions” and the ones I have been working on since late 2013 were massive in scale. I am glad that this is coming to an end, and I hope to have some down time before the inevitable next one arrives.

Now that my spare time is something I can devote to something other than work, my eyes have turned back to writing. As such, I have re-invested some time into getting back into my writing course (Holly Lisle’s How to Think Sideways). I am also active with other writers on her forums again. It is a real encouragement to have folks along side you as you embark on the creative process.

As to my weird post, it relates to my return to Holly’s site.  I broke my account badly, and she gave me a “Green Knee” achievement (they are call PIPS on her site) for having an account with the most broken issues within a single week.  I posted the picture of the PIP here so I could link it there for my signature! Weird, yeah, but I was in a hurry 🙂

Incidentally, if any of you are interested in Writing, you really should check out Holly’s site.  All of her courses are extremely practical and detailed.  There are a lot of resources available about “How to write”, but I hadn’t ever seen one that gives practical, detailed, and specific instructions, tasks, assignments, and other motivators to get  you from starting to finishing. If nothing else, just try out the three week, FREE Flash Fiction course.  What you learn from that alone will help you in any other format of writing you plan to attempt (Short Story to Novel to Series)

Anyway, that’s enough for today. As usual, I intend to be more consistent in my postings here on this blog.  As usual, I make no promises since I do not yet have control of my time.

Hope you are all well! Drop me a note with what you are doing these days!