Over the weekend I received an email from one of the creative writing tutors, amongst other things giving links to some short story competitions.

It was recommended to us that we should enter some competitions, if nothing else to hone our skills, but also to build up our writing CV. I didn’t really pay it much attention at the time, but when this email came in I started thinking more seriously about it.

My writing is coming in fits and starts, despite trying to put in regular time every morning, and I thought having an additional target (read that as distraction) might help get the muse warmed up.

So, I’m officially going to write a short story for entry into at least one competition.

Thing is, it turns out to be really difficult to write a short story! I thought it would be a breeze, but it’s much harder to get the whole plot and narrative arc worked into such a small number of words. Of course, that’s the whole point. Being a writer is at times quite similar to being a software developer — you have to work to the limits your set, in software that might be the amount of RAM to hold the code, in writing the equivalent is the number of words.

If you want to be an expert, you have to work at the art. I’ll update with progress as it happens.

In the meantime, here’s progress on the novel:

Word count: 4537 words
Work rate: 585 words per hour
First draft ETA: Due in approximately 154 hours

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