Reaching the Finish Line


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This is it, coming into the final stretch of my goal – submit 4,000 words (or less) to a short story competition. Am I going to make it?

Yes! A loud, and resounding yes. I still have some tweaking to do, but I have sat myself down and done not one, not two, but three edit reviews. After slashing an additional 200 words (you’ll remember that I started with removing just the first two paragraphs, and dared to call that editing) I went back through and started thinking about how it all flowed. I managed to add another 190 words back in, but this time it added to the story, it maintained the flow, and gosh darn it, it added consistency. I feel like everything makes sense and it was a story that even though I wrote it I was excited to read.

I’m sitting on the current final version right now, I want to do one last read of it before I decide I am actually 100% fully finished. At this point I think I am just holding on to it because of nerves; I’m not quite ready to hand my work (physically or virtually) off to a stranger for judgement. That’s the next hurdle I have to overcome. It can be done. It WILL be done. Just maybe I need to hold on to it a teensy, tiny bit longer.

In five days I will officially be done with this side of things, and the agonizing wait to hear final results will begin. I’m not even sure what the time frame is for that waiting period. Weeks? Months? I imagine it will be a considerable amount of time. After all, I anticipate thousands of submissions for this contest along with mine, so there will be many days of reading ahead of the judges. And many days of waiting on pins and needles for me.

Actually, not really. I imagine the first few days will feel agonizing. However, as the days go by I have lots of new projects on the horizon. Next up: I’ve decided to take the plunge this year and try to complete a NaNoWriMo. 4,000 words had seemed difficult at first. Now I want to see what I can do with 50,000 words. In thirty days. Think this is something you would be interested in? Check it out at their website here. Have you already completed one and have some insights to share? I’d love to hear about it in the comments or feel free to contact me directly through the contact page or via email:


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