So I had to write a story.
OK, I didn’t have to, but there was a call for submissions I wanted to, um, submit to, which meant I had to write a story to do so.
The story started out one way. And sure, it was a nifty enough story, but it didn’t fit the call for submission. So I scrapped it.
Try #2: I got a good five thousand word story out of it, but it felt weak. And, again, it didn’t fit the call. That meant it would likely get rejected. Try again.
Try #3: Finally! I’ve got a good character, a good plot, it fits the call, looks good.
But it really needs some work. Subplot B needs to get moved over here, and subplot C should probably just get dropped.
About five drafts later I finally send it out. Continue reading “Begin Again”