What can I say, I spent a week planning one story only to find it was too much too soon and I didn’t feel ready to write it (as in it was pure SF and I’ve never written SF before). Another story idea was thrown at me and after only a few hours of planning, which is unlike me, I started writing. This is a great story, but I encountered a problem. The next day I shelved the idea as being too big for 5,000 words.
In fact, that is a problem I face whenever I attempt short stories. I tend to think BIG and write that way too. Both these stories should be novels and I’ve decided to put both the plans to one side and try a third time to come up with something appropriate.
Besides the above, I read the guidelines again and think I went off track after visiting Julie’s website, because the story has to be fantasy yet I was trying to write SF instead.
Right, two story plans have been shelved. But…a new story is already coming together. It started with a sentence I saw on the internet – which I will not share, as it will give part of the plot away. From that I went straight into a brain storming session last night and planned a story, which is all fantasy, and meets the other guidelines. When I went to bed I had characters, setting, plot and motive.
This morning, I was up early and decided to turn on the laptop and start writing. This afternoon (and I haven’t been sitting at the laptop all day, by any means), I’ve written the first scene and have a clear path for the second scene. There are only three scenes in this story. The first two scenes I’ve set a limit of 1,000 each and so far I’m within that goal. The last scene can be up to 3,000 words, but I expect it to be around 2,000 (at least). This story is designed for a short story, not a novel, so I know I’ll be within the word count limit.
Yes, in this case, third time is lucky. The Garnet Orbs is the story I will be submitting when I’ve been through all the process of writing, reading, editing and more writing. I could say I wasted a week, but really I’d be silly to say such a thing. That week produced two SF story plans. How can that be called a waste?