Three days in, I was stuck. I didn’t quite know where to go with my story. I was starting to lose heart and just wanted to give up. Why the heck did I sign up for this challenge? I should have thought things through before jumping in.
When I went into this, I had a rough idea of what I wanted the story to be about, but I wouldn’t have been able to explain it to anyone. I didn’t even know the point to my story. And if I didn’t know the point, why would I even bother writing it?
So instead of giving up, I decided to do a little research.
What I was going through was a type of writer’s block. Looks like outlining and writing prompts are going to get me through this. The better the outline, the better the story. At least, I’m pretty sure it’ll be the case for me.
Also, while researching story outline guides, I found writing prompts to help me expand on certain topics in my story.
I know I’m a decent business writer. However, the writing I do for work has a purpose, and I know it going in. “This is the message we want to convey. Now convey it.” Easy peasy! And I can even do it in a creative way. (I love it when they let me get creative with corporate information.)
My creativity needs to be on somewhat of a leash. Otherwise it just runs around in circles until it gets dizzy, falls to the ground, and starts counting its toes, and then takes a nap.
I’ve also researched short story word counts. Looks like I may have been a little over zealous when I set my goal at 25,000 words. According to a few different sources, like the Nebula Awards, short stories are under 7,500 words. So, I readjusted my word count goal to 10,000. It’s a little more than the NA rules, but seems more manageable for my first short story than my original goal.
I got a little bonus help, too. I talked about my issues with my partner and with a work colleague. They both threw some interesting and fun ideas, questions, and comments my way that have inspired me with possible twists for my story.
Now I need to get back at it and finish this challenge. I’m not sure I’ll ever share this particular story with the world, but I must write it!