Thursday, July 31, 2008

Boot Camp -- Day 3

Well, yesterday was the first day that I actually thought I was going to die.

But that was because it was the day that I spent all alone in a hotel room trying to write an entire story.

It's finished now. It feels like a good story weakly told.

But part of the point is that it's worthless to go in and edit for language when somebody may say something about an event on page 4 that would make everything after that worthless. So you don't "polish" the story when you're still getting straight the "story" part of it, the who did what and why.

And in this story, with the exception of a couple of weak spots, I kind of like my who did what and why.

But I'm really excited about how much better than this it will get when people smarter than me get the story in their hands.

I'll tell you--getting it down was sure hard. Wow.

Since that's the first story I've finished since "Fifteen Minutes," I actually feel like a huge monkey has been shaken off my back. I woke up this morning feeling more relaxed than I have in months.

So, onwards and upwards. Time for the critiques to start. I have to be ready to discuss the first two stories by 10am.


Anonymous said...

Awesome blog! Sounds like you're getting a lot out of the workshop!

Marci said...

I am so proud of you for finishing the story! I know that was the one thing that had you the most nervous and stressed, writing one story from beginning to end in one day.

Hopefully you can home and finish all the stories you've started--the ones that I'm dying to know what happens. I just might reconsider my no reading till it's done promise to myself! LOL!!!

I love you and miss you. But sounds like you are doing great!