Sunday, July 8, 2012
Wow, I haven't posted in three months and I have no good excuse. Truthfully, I haven't written pretty much since I stopped posting. How's that half a million word challenge going, you ask? Well, don't :P
The good news is that I broke the long drought and in a marathon writing session (I'm talking 6+ hours, with goofing around splattered in the middle) I wrote a complete short story called "Need".
The story begs the question, "What is the last thing a man will ever need and how far will he go to get it?"
At 4,136 words I wrote this a lot slower than usual. Not merely the goofing around, I was incredibly picky about my phrasing. How picky?
Final check of the documents shows ZERO PERCENT passive voice usage.
I know. -I- didn't even realize it was so low, until I looked at the checker. I know there were a few sentences I changed around to remove the was/were/to be. I know the characters probably used some passive voice, but to register at zero percent? I think that's pretty rocksome!
Also, I got to use the word "slattern".
Intrigued by this story? I'm considering submitting it to Writer's of the Future... and if I do, it will be my first... EVER... actual submission. I just haven't been interested in that part of publishing. But I'm getting there. In fact, with the way I write short stories, I'm becoming VERY interested in the short fiction market, in general. I've been browsing submission guidelines.
So, that's what's new with me :)
Posted by J. E. Medrick at 8:38 PM