Let It Go – The Process

Let It Go is story number twelve in the #52ShortStories challenge.

**SPOILERS BELOW. If you have not read the story and want to be (hopefully) surprised, come back to this when you’re done.**

It was like chewing on leather.

That’s one way to describe the general feeling of putting Let It Go together.

Did I want this to be sci-fi centered? Focused on the theme of love? More romance? Hmm, maybe this is way too short for the concept!

Frustration set in pretty rapidly, but I decided to treat my mental block as an opening rather than a problem, and ended up playing with my standard story structure.

In the end, I think this might be the first real clunker of a story that I’ve put together for this challenge, but, hey, failure is just opportunity in a hideous disguise. Not to mention this is all just my opinion. Some people might dig the piece and that’s why I still put it out there.

I also took a few days off from the day job this week to spend time with my family and really enjoy Halloween with my son. What I’ve found is that having the time away from home which my work provides me really forces me to use every minute available. I spent more time focused on family then the writing this past week, and I think that contributed to my difficulties.

Now, God forbid my stories ever take precedence over my wife and son! But it does go to show that much of the magic seems to come from putting in the work: day in, day out.

Here’s the general scratch file:

And the daily journal entries:

-Phillip

2 thoughts on “Let It Go – The Process”

  1. The more time I spend writing, the more I want to kick back with my family. The more time I spend with my family, the more I want to write. Pretty certain the universe designed it that way just to amuse us.

    There’s a lot more in this story than I think you give yourself credit for. It’s a long way from a clunker. Could probably do with a good edit, but there’s some solid writing and a clear story here. A very sweet one against a backdrop of tension. Not easy to do. And your experimenting with ‘format’. What’s not to like.

    Keep experimenting mate.

    1. Yup, one damned cruel trick after another! Doug Adams’ ghost is probably nauseous from laughing so much.

      Appreciate the comments on this story. Definitely enjoying the fact that I can experiment with these pieces. And congrats on your NaNoWriMo progress…it looks like you’re absolutely murdering that wordcount!

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