won the fun

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Working on my new year’s resolution to be more creative, I spent Saturday refining a short story written last weekend. It’s my first Short story since the 1970’s when English literature coursework included the formally named ‘compositions’. As my first short story Iit wont be outstanding. It’s amazing that its even getting written! I’m using the writers and artists short story competition as a motivation, a deadline and a set of rules.

The fun, the real reward, is in the process of getting the story from an idea in my head to a worthy of submission to a competition.

So far I have:

Dumped1) Written the story

2) asked an inspirational friend to read it and gathered her feedback. It was so much fun listening to her ask me about the characters, the back story, my intentions and tell me what she saw and imagined

3) drawn sketches to illustrate it – photographs of the sketches shown here

Caught4) subjected the sketches to an Adobe photoshop treatment to enhance the visual impact and hide the sketch quality!

5) updated the text based on the inspirational feedback. It was so much better after the feedback. This made it clear to me how much work I need to do generally!

While it could be so much better with more feedback from more people and with more time to get more detail right. For my first story, I’m ready to say I’ve learned a lot, lets move on.

Hooray!

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  1. Scarlet writes:

    I’ll show you mine if you show me yours!!
    Sx

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    wendy writes

    Ms. S. that was good for me, I hope it was good for you 🙂

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  2. Happy Frog and I writes:

    Sounds like you are having a very creative time at the moment and learning loads into the bargain, that’s fabulous! I have been writing a lot more recently and am hoping to get a short story submitted to a competition at some point. Right now I’m enjoying the whole process of writing for a particular theme.

    Good to see you illustrating too, lovely!

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    wendy writes

    Happy Frog & I, maybe we could get together and share some themes one evening 🙂

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    Happy Frog and I writes

    That sounds like an excellent suggestion. 🙂

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  3. Madame DeFarge writes:

    Such an outburst of creativity is to be admired. I can barely squeeze out 500 words and a doodle.

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    wendy writes

    Ta Mme D. I’ve heard that some people use laxatives to reduce the strain of the squeeze!

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