In life, we all need the kind of friend who will tell us when we’ve got something stuck between our teeth, or who isn’t afraid to let us know when we could use a breath mint.
Being a writer is no different. Because sometimes, after spending days, hours or even weeks working on one piece, it isn’t uncommon to contract a case of tunnel vision.
I had what I thought was a pretty good story going. Atmospheric beginning? Check. Creepy things afoot? Check? The story was going along well…until…well, you know how sometimes saying a word over and over again can make it lose all meaning? So, too, can working and reworking (perhaps overworking?) that one beloved piece of writing.
I admit it…my story needs more work. Every now and then I slipped into the passive voice. Yes, there were a few places where I forgot to change the spelling of my antagonist’s name. And alright…I get it…it could do with a better build-up of suspense, and the ending needs some slight tweaking. Thankfully I had a friend who wasn’t afraid to give me a little reality check. And I’m thankful for that!
It’s never too late to make your work better. As writers, we primp and preen and finesse every word; we tame every stray plot thread with a final spit-shine. But before we decide to showcase each piece, no matter how good we think we are, it’s always best to get a second, third or fourth opinion.
Besides, what kind of writer would I be if I allowed said story to leave my outbox with toilet paper stuck to the bottom of its shoe?
Right. So, here’s the meat you came looking for:
– WIP #1: a short story I’ll be subbing to Pill Hill Press. Quick rewrite, which I hope to finish by Friday
– WIP #2: outlining my NaNo project. Still brainstorming on that one, but planning to start the actual outlining on Monday – yikes!
Join me Friday for my 2nd attempt at Friday Flash!