Finished the short story...

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Well, I've done it.  I have finished my first short story in eighteen years!  It's called One for Sorrow.  It's the last assignment for the course I am taking, which is the only reason I wrote it.  You may have read earlier that I was terrified of writing this piece.  I'm really glad I did. 

One for Sorrow has taught me a lot about myself and my writing.  All of the writing I do is in third person using multiple (2-4) character views.  For some reason, I wrote this in first person.  It felt strange, kind of like the main character was telling ME the story.  Now, I've heard many writers say the characters take over, or that the characters speak to them.  Until now, I've just shrugged my shoulders and thought 'yeah, okay, sure'.  I'm not sure I ever believed such a thing was possible.  Now I do.

So, here I sit with my favourite WIP (BTW) in front of me wondering.  It is half done (about 40k words).  And, I'm not really sure how I feel about it now.  I still love the characters and the story, but I may need to rethink the way it's told.  I think I have really found my voice with One for Sorrow.  Now I want to have a look at what I'm working on and make sure it's really 'me'.

I have a second favourite WIP which right now is a bunch of notes and one paragraph.  I think I'm going to have a look at it.  I sat down a few weeks ago and pretty much changed the whole plot.  The fresh new plot has been enticing.  And then there is One for Sorrow, I love the characters in this story and I'm desperate to work with them some more.  So, what next?  Who knows!  I'll have a look at plotting out both and see where I end up.  Or maybe I'll re-examine BTW.  Which ever path I choose, I will definitely have another glass of wine.

As to One for Sorrow, it will be a little before I can release it.  I have to wait until after it has been marked (which is okay, a bit like sending it to an editor).  I have seen much contradictory information on copyright and blogging.  I even got a bit of a dressing down by a fellow classmate on the subject.  But I think I'll give it a shot.  Once I get the all clear, I'll post it here and see what my followers (I have 4 now!  I'm so excited!!) have to say about it.  In the meantime, I'll be dreaming of home and needing that glass of wine...
This is my favourite place in the world, Twin Lakes State Park in Virginia where I spent my mini-moon (there wasn't time for an actual honeymoon).

Post a Comment

Latest Instagrams

© Christy Kate McKenzie. Design by Fearne.