I have to work on a short story for the writing workshop. Rather than start something new, I revisited the short story I’d started (and abandoned) last year to see how I could salvage it.
It was a mess. I finally decided to scrap more than half of what I’d written, and give more background to the character. It initially featured only one person, faceless, nameless, with zero dialogue, written with a completely stream of consciousness style. I spent hours and hours on it today, completely blank and unsure of how to go about it, what to change, until I finally accepted the inevitable, and dug out the critique my previous instructor had given me.
I fleshed him out a bit more and added some dialogue for the sake of the reader. Added more backstory, and finally discovered how I want to end it. I actually enjoyed the process! I’m trying hard to keep the reader in mind while writing, while also staying true to my style and the story. The critiques I'll receive on Wednesday will tell me if it worked or not.
I didn’t think I would be so okay with deleting so much of the story and rewriting it. I've always thought of editing my own work as a royal pain (editing other people's work, however, is a pleasure like none other).
I like how it’s turning out. It’s definitely WAY better than the first draft. And this time I'm determined to finish it.
Time to submit the first 1200 words. Wish me luck!