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Getting It Right

I’ve been working on a short story since December.   I wrote about 3/4 of it before I realized it just wasn’t clicking.  It didn’t feel right.  So I re-wrote it, changing it from 3rd person to 1st.  That helped and I was able to finish the story, but something still didn’t feel right.


I set it aside for weeks, tweaked it again, and then sent it to one of my pre-readers.  She gave me some good feedback and I tweaked it, but I hesitated before I sent it for a final edit.  I just wasn’t happy with it.  So I sent it to someone else who read through it and gave me even more feedback.  I made some changes, sent it back to her, made more changes and then it finally clicked.

The characters and the conflict hadn’t been fleshed out enough and it wasn’t until I fixed those issues that I finally felt comfortable sending it out for a final edit.  I never want to put out work that’s sub-par, but sometimes it’s important to step away before you edit it to death.  It’s difficult to know what a story needs; when to keep going and when to stop editing.  As a writer, I have to rely on the people I trust to give me feedback.   And I’m learning to trust my own instincts.  

So keep your eyes out, there will be a new short story coming to you in the near future and if I do say so myself, it’s pretty darn good.

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