Day 7: Short Story Marathon

Summary One week in, 4 stories away, 26 to go. Yeah, this is starting to feel like a marathon. Up very early and threw out yesterday’s start on “Home in Time” and started fresh in first person with the correct name. And wouldn’t you know it, things are moving along nicely now that I’m pointed in the right direction. Those 1,000 words that were trashed were not a complete waist, I got to know my character …

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Day 6: Short Story Marathon

Summary Got up early and went back to “Woody and June vs. the Grand Canyon.” Corrected my misstep and threw out and redrafted a lot of the end. I had moved the character’s relationship a tad too fast, and missed great opportunities for drama and humor at the end. Which, is why it didn’t feel like the end. It has to have both of those qualities. I was tired when I wrote that section and really …

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Day 5: Short Story Marathon

Summary Interesting day. Yesterday I left “Woody and June vs. the Grand Canyon” at over 5,000 words and not done yet, thinking I might have taken a wrong turn. So, I set it aside and started a new story, “The Disappearing Neighborhood.” This is based on an idea I had at the beginning of the year and I wrote a very short opening for. I didn’t go back and look at that, but started fresh. …

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Day 4: Short Story Marathon

Summary Two stories out the door! Story #1, “Woody and June vs. the Fungus-Head Zombies,” and story #2, the sci-fi android story now with a title,”Daisy’s Heart”. I read “Daisy’s Heart” to Aleia this morning and there were tears–a good sign for this story–and she helped me find the title. This was one of those “jump of the cliff and trust” stories and it turned out well. Getting close to the end of story #3, …

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Day 3: Short Story Marathon

Summary Found the end of the second story (scfi with an android), cleaned it up, and it’s ready to read to Aleia. Cleaned up story 1 (Woody and June vs the Fungus-Head Zombies) and read it to Aleia–she’s liking these and zombies aren’t her thing, so that’s a good sign. The fixing of the plot gave me details of the next installment of this one, which I started (tentative title, Woody and June vs. the Grand …

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Day 2: Short Story Marathon

Summary Busy day with work and life, so writing was slower as expected. Started with a line that came to me when I was going to sleep last night (“I was six the first time I wished I was an android.”) and got about two-thirds of the way through the story. I had been working on an android story last month that wasn’t quite working (to similar to another story I wrote), but the subconscious …

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Day 1: Short Story Marathon

Summary Wow! I think I really wanted to do this thing. Up too early and lots of writing. I grabbed a story start for something I really wanted to write and in a morning session, evening session, and during a few breaks wrote 4,000 pretty clean words and made it to the end of the story. It’s a fun, fairly light romance set in a post-zombie-apocalyptic Arizona. Yeah, it’s a little weird and very fun …

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A Short Story Writing Marathon: The Plan

Run/Write: The Briefest of Intros I’ve been writing seriously and regularly since 2009. I started running in 2015 and it has given me great perspective on writing. You see, writing is a subjective art, running is a measurable, quantifiable sport. Applying the lessons of running (the need for training, a race plan, proper support, gear, etc.) all help illuminate writing for me. I will be applying this concept to this series of blogs and plan to write …

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A Short Story Writing Marathon: Introduction

Run/Write: The Briefest of Intros I’ve been writing seriously and regularly since 2009. I started running in 2015 and it has given me great perspective on writing. You see, writing is a subjective art, running is a measurable, quantifiable sport. Applying the lessons of running (the need for training, a race plan, proper support, gear, etc.) all help illuminate writing for me. I will be applying this concept to this series of blogs and plan to write …

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