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Getting out and pushing

August 30, 2009

brainlogoThe writing machine has run out of gas.  No words are pouring through the fingers to the keyboard, no stories are progressing.  So what do you do when you’re out of gas?  Get out and push.  And I’ve got a shove that will either gdet me going or get me run over by my own vehicle.

Several other writers have mentioned the flash fiction contest over at Brain Harvest.  I decided (yesterday) that I am going to write a new story and get into that contest by the deadline of…tomorrow.  How hard can it be to write a 750-word story in a day?  Ha!

It’s not so much about winning the contest, it’s about clearing the fuel lines so I can start producing again.  So far I am part wa through my first attempt, placing me at about 1500-words.  Yikes!  I had planned to write the story then go back through for heavy cutting, but I may have gone too far here.  It’s tough to put a unique twist on story’s from Strange Horizons’ dreaded cliche list in so few words.

So maybe I’ll wander back to the list and think a little more.  I will get this done.  I must.  Then I’ll repair a few other stories and get my submission list back up to snuff.  I don’t even have my WotF submission ready to go.  Not long ago I had a line of manuscripts ready for that envelope.  Time to be a writer again.  Otherwise, why am I here?

5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 31, 2009 8:40 pm

    I tried for the Mega Challenge, but I just can’t seem to cut a story under 900 words. I’ve noticed that a lot of EDF posts crop words by making incomplete sentences and other nongrammaticals (“Coulda went to the bar” and so on). I’m all about braking the rules of grammar, but mostly it comes off like a weird splash of noir narrative that doesn’t really fit. They’re just doing it to cut words. Bad form, I say.

    It got me writing again, though. That’s what counts, even if I don’t submit there today.

  2. August 31, 2009 8:41 pm

    Wow, I said “braking” when I meant “breaking.” Must be tired.

  3. osomuerte permalink
    August 31, 2009 9:16 pm

    It’s 9:08 (central time) and my story (completely new attempt) is at 884 words. I’m going to have a snack, sharpen my scissors, and get cutting.

    I like this story better. The cliffhanger ending came to me as I reached it. I used the scientist self-experimenting trope. We’ll see how it’s received. Like I said, I’m not expecting prizes. I win already because I’ve been writing again.

    Anyway, I’ve got a story to carve. I’m just glad the deadline is midnight Pacific time!

    • osomuerte permalink
      August 31, 2009 10:20 pm

      10:16 central time, within four hours of the Brain Harvest Mega Challenge deadline and the story is…submitted. I had trouble finding a title so I copped out and named it after the setting: Symposium. Bleh. But sometimes less is better than more. I almost called it “One-Armed Woodard” or something equally trite and direct.

      Anyway, the first trimming pass put the story at 748 words. I decided to thank my lucky stars and submit as it was. Yea me.

      Now I just need to keep that ball rolling.

      Good luck to all who entered.

  4. September 1, 2009 12:14 am

    Good luck Oso!

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