Last week I finished my first short story. It is a light horror story, just short of 5,000 words. This is the longest piece of writing I have done since high school. I let it sit a few days, and then completed my first edit yesterday. (took 4 hours) I ended up adding 400 words. I wanted to enter a Writers Digest contest, but the world count cannot exceed 4,000. I don’t know if I can cut out 1,400 words and it still tell the same story. So, maybe I’ll just submit it as is.
From the various podcasts I listen to, books I am reading, and e-newsletters I get, I am improving my thought process of developing a story. I’ll try to add some links to the resources that have helped me improve my writing skills.
I am also planning on participating and winning NaNoWriMo. I am using Scrivener, and have started to outline the plot and develop my characters. I have also been keeping a writing journal with me to jot down any story ideas, or scenes for existing ideas.
I have been using Dragon Dictation for my iPhone to help keep me writing every day. To me, this allows me to utilize my time while running errands, driving the kids around town, and doing the chores.
Until next time, have fun and enjoy each day.