Yesterday I woke with an idea to change a POV in a story I've been working on for years. I finished that re-write today and have sent the updated version to my workshop partners for review. We'll see what they think but I'm sure it's come a long way.
This morning there was another breakthrough. On the weekend I had feedback from one of my workshoppers that went something like this:
"I don't think it would be helpful at this point to give too specific feedback... I feel that for the length of the piece there is not enough 'story' here... if I am reading a 3k story I want more action, more development of a story…"
That's a small extract, but you get the gist.
I replied 'ouch.'
Of course I knew it was true, just thought I'd managed to drop a series of scenes together with just enough stitching. The term friends and I have used for a famous Melbourne course steward, Des Gleeson, seemed apt: Harsh But Fair.
And the magic of Barreiro struck again.
In the shower (where most writing solutions happen for me), I came up with the thread.
So watch out you-know-who, that piece will be coming your way again soon.
Here's how the tally looks today:
FINISHED = 13,500
FOR RE-DRAFT = 5,400
TOTAL = 18,900
NEW IDEAS TO BE DEVELOPED = ?
TARGET = 25,000 words
If you've ever used directions on google maps you'll understand when I say, I'm on purple.