Week 3 of a Story-A-Week
Week 3’s Story: Contemporary Fantasy
- Finish an unfinished story: I picked one I had started last year and hadn’t finished, for the purpose of not leaving unfinished work.
- Sense of motion: I just randomly picked this as an element to play with in the story. A lot of times, something I see that week influences me, like Jami Gold’s post on the senses.
It came in at about 2,100 words.
I’m not sure if I accomplished the first goal or not. I started the original story with the intent to build it out of the setting, and it turned really dark — so dark that I couldn’t figure out how to resolve it. So I was picking parts I could use, only I couldn’t make them work together without the ending being awfully convenient. Then organic writer muse kicked in, and the story changed very dramatically.
I’ll admit though that I wasn’t sure I was going to get the story done by the end of the week. I was fried by work for three days, and I couldn’t initially get around the problems the convenience was causing. I had to keep telling myself I couldn’t just walk away like the first time. I jotted ideas in my composition book all week, and on Friday, the story started jelling. I wrote about half of it on Saturday and the rest on Sunday.
Sightings around Virginia …