**SPOILERS BELOW. If you have not read the story and want to be (hopefully) surprised, come back to this when you’re done.**
I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before (things tend to run together after 47 stories), but when you’re doing this sort of off-the-cuff writing, there’s a lack of control that is both harrowing and thrilling. I wrote Halfway in a genre I don’t naturally gravitate toward and after several days, I knew this could easily turn out to be something much longer than I could possibly complete in one week.
So many times, I’m down to the wire when I’m hit with a solution to a problem like that. But I guess there ain’t nothin’ like a little pressure to kick one past the fear of putting something dumb out there and just being happy with what you have.
And then there are the same two lessons I seem to keep relearning:
- We are the worst judges of our own work. Those who read the story seemed to enjoy the characters and plot. A good reminder as to why we just need to put things out there and move on to the next story.
- Experiment! That’s one of the benefits of working on short stories. There are so many opportunities to do the ‘crazy’ thing.
Here’s the general scratch file:
- Halfway scratch file
And the daily journal entries:
- Saturday, June 23rd
- Sunday, June 24th
- Monday, June 25th
- Tuesday, June 26th
- Wednesday, June 27th
- Thursday, June 28th
- Friday, June 29th
- Saturday, June 30th