A New Story

November 19, 2007

As in, I’ve written one.  

I’ve mentioned before, on one or the other of my blogs, that I don’t usually write short fiction.  But an idea for a story came into my head as I was driving back to Tennessee from World Fantasy in Saratoga Springs. (That’s about 950 miles, for those of you who are curious about such things — lots of time for creative thinking.)  The story is done now.  I put the finishing touches on it last week and then put it away.

I don’t know if others do this — and I put the question to the writers out there — but after I finish something — anything, really — I put it away and let it sit for a little while.  With a novel, if I have the time, I’ll let it sit for three weeks or so.  For a story of this length (6,500 words) just a few days will do.  Then I pull it out and read it through again.  The point is to see it fresh, to find awkward dialogue or repeated phrases that I might have missed earlier in the process.  It works very well for me.  But it can also be a little scary.  I’ve been known to discover, upon completing this later read-through, that I hate the thing I’ve written.  I’ve also been known to fall in love with pieces that I’d barely even liked earlier.  Seems I’m a fickle SOB….

Anyway, I’ve printed out this new story and am looking at those fresh white pages with some trepidation, wondering how I’ll feel about this latest creation.  It’s a different kind of story for me:  contemporary, subtle fantasy element, very small cast of characters.  But I like it, or at least I did when I finished it.  We’ll see how I feel about it this week.  I’ll keep you posted, as it were.

Today’s music:  Bruce Cockburn (Speechless)


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