On finishing a short story…

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26 hours…?

Well, somewhere there.

It’s roughly the amount of time I took to submit my story to the Commonwealth Short Story competition this year. Last year it took me about 2 weeks from start to finish. I am not confident of winning, but this time it’s not about the prize.

It’s simply about the inspiration.

I actually had another story that I wanted to write and submit, but I kept hitting walls with that story. The concept, I think was great, but the fleshing out bits.. not so much. 300 words in, aka after the initial burst, it’s dead. I will probably revisit in the future, but for now, it stays where it is.

This new story though, I’m sort of satisfied with it. It’s a neat little package, and apparently I manage to scare a few people with it. That’s an achievement I didn’t expect.

It wasn’t easy though. Because in this story I confronted ghosts. Things in the past that I’d never had the courage to admit I questioned. Denying a piece of myself, if you will.

It’s strangely heady, this process I went through. Bitter. Raw. And not unlike drinking. I had to take breaks during the actual writing process because my heart was beating too fast.

Thankfully, I didn’t end with a hangover. Though I do wonder if I made the right choice to submit that story. It might have done better in a Malaysian context, but oh well. What’s done is done.

It’d be great to win this, but we shall see.

Quote of the day

I found this in “A Cup of Comfort for the Writer’s Soul” this evening.

“When you write from the heart, you not only light the dark path of your readers, you light your own way as well.”
– Marjorie Holmes

Good words to live by.

Ok TGP, let’s get you edited.

Another to do list

Before I forget:

– Review of Ghost Trick, Golden Sun and Rockmelt
– Life updates
– Get new clothes for CNY
– Complete writing meme
– Write more, or at least work on TGP more. I like the middle but I’m not very happy with the beginning

[Nanowrimo] Done done done!

7 years.

4 wins.

60, 125 words.

Unexpectedly, I finally finished a story. This is the longest piece of writing I’ve done since college, since high school, even, that was simply for pleasure. And not only is the story finally done, I now have an actual draft I can use! A world I can really explore. 😀

WOOHOO! I FINALLY FINISHED A STORY IN YEARS! <3 We now return you to your regularly scheduled life.