Day 60 Reporting – 2,024 Words/Day Process Log –Always Another Go

I finished the first draft of the short story I’m working on. I like the idea. I don’t know if the execution works, though. I just typed “The End” this morning and haven’t given it time to rest or settle, I don’t know if it works. It may not. And that’s okay. And wow did it take me a long time to remember that.

I say remember, because years ago, I remember writing a short story for a workshop. It was a generative workshop which meant that all we did that week was write short stories and then editors would give us comments. The first story I wrote was not well received. Then, we were given the topic for the next short story we needed to write. Yes, these stories were either written over night or within a couple of days.

One thing I did which no one there figured out was that I re-drafted the first story. I took the kernel of the idea and made it smaller centering on the relationship between a girl and her grandmother. I was able to bang it out over night and that story eventually became my most reprinted story to date.

Same idea. Same story. No one noticed. And everyone at the workshop read both stories.

Then there’s another story that I’ve been redrafting for a couple of years. The first version did not work at all. The second version was all right, but not something I’d hang my hat on. But this current version? Oh, I like this one.

What I’m learning or maybe remembering is that when it comes to writing a story, there’s always another chance to come back to the idea and try it again. Rejection isn’t final unless you stop. There’s always another go.

Keep moving forward. Keep getting better.

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As of Day 60, – 2/29/24

# of Words I Wrote/# of Words Written To Be on Track/Year Goal

115,431/ 121,440 / 740,784

About Irette Y Patterson

Irette Y Patterson is a writer of fantasy, science fiction, and romance. She has been published in FIYAH, Strange Horizons, Translunar Travelers Lounge and on the website of The Saturday Evening Post. When not writing, you can find her digging around in her garden or catching the latest musical in the theater.
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