ROW 80 Check in 10-26-2011

What a week!  And it’s only Wednesday!

I actually finished the first draft of my short story.  It ended up at 2,259 words.  I originally wanted it for a writing contest that was 1500 words.  I could probably cut it down, but I would lose the feel and emotion of the story, so I guess this contest is out for me.  Stinky.  Anyone know of any 2500 word short-story contests?

My Beta-Buddy Jenny Keller Ford won first place for her short story “Baby” on the Midlife Collage Writers contest.  She was also a semi-finalist for Brenda Drake’s  Can you leave us breathless” contest.  Be sure to scoot over to her site and give her a cyber high-five.  She’s on a roll!

No, I was not a finalist in the “breathless” contest.  I read just about every entry.  I was the only middle grade story, so I was not surprised.  I couldn’t compete with sensual kissing, demons, death, gore, drugs, and murder.  Nope, even I will not do that to my kids J.    No biggie.  As usual, I learn something from every contest.  I think I even picked up some new followers from this one “Hi guys!”  I actually enjoyed reading a lot of those entries.  There are a lot of talented people out there.

Jury’s still out on the 50 word synopsis contest.  That one’s being judged by an agent… still holding my breath on that one.  HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT is more up the right alley for that contest.

Ugh.  The bad news.  I started out with 119,567 words in my novel, and I wanted to cut it down to 100,000.  Well…  Sigh. I was doing really great until I hit about page 100.  I had to remove an unnecessary POV and change it to the MC.  In the first draft, the character looks up and sees the MC doing something supernatural.  It was quick, it was easy.  Now, the MC has to feel it, experience it, all from within this huge encompassing scene.  Honestly, I really like how it is coming out.  There is much more feeling.  HOWEVER… now I have 119,845 words.  And that’s after 100 pages of editing done already!  Ugh.  I am in trouble.

Still not daunted!  Trucking along!

Jennifer Eaton

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12 responses to “ROW 80 Check in 10-26-2011

  1. Anyone who can write a short story is amazing in my book. I’m too winded. I mean, I try and then my short story takes on a life of its own and spirals out of control. A lot of my conversations tend to go that way as well :)

    Best of luck in the contests you have entered. I’m sure there has to be a 2500 word short story contest out there. Keep looking.

    • Hey, Angela,

      You know, it actually wasn’t that hard to write a short story. I usually think on a “big scale” too. I haven’t actually written once since college. (Where you had to write short for grades)

      This time, I just had something little in mind. It was inspired by a recent camping trip. I knew eactly what I wanted to do, and plotted it out. I guess you could say I still went too long, but I like what I’ve done.

  2. Wow Jennifer – you are doing so much work and I am super impressed. Absolutely blown away. Keep it up. It’ll come…

  3. WOW! What tenacity you have. Editing, I need to reframe it to love it.
    Thank you for commenting on my blog. I did my first follow up – about visiting with Emily Dickinson.

  4. there are 1st time authors with word counts over 100,000, you just have to find the publishers. They are out there. Don’t give up. I think your story is fantastic and once it gets in front of the right eyes, I think it will be a runaway hit.

    I was going to ask you about your synopsis contest. When is the winner announcement date for that one?

    Thanks for the shout out. I love it. Authors helping authors.

    I’m stoked about your short story. Do I get to read???? pleeeaasssee!! *batting eyes and smiling really big*

    You’re doing great. Keep up the good work.

    • Thanks, Jen! :-)

      The synopsis contest winners have not been announced yet. I’m holding my breath. Three finalist will send their synopsis in with their full manuscript, and the winner after reading the synopsis gets a full read for possible representaion.

      I need to polish the Short Story before I send it out. I’ll be sure to give you a look. I’m trying to finish my synopsis first, just in case.

  5. Ah the joy of edits. It sounds like the words you’re adding needs to be there though. Don’t sweat it. If you’re meant to cut more out, you’ll find a way.

  6. Is there a particular reason you want the word count to be 100,000?

    I know that I kept my current WIPs to 98,000 and 101,000…but my five other novels had more than 120,000 words.

    Good luck with your rewrites.

    • Quite a few publishers look at that as the magic number. I’ve seen several that won’t even look at a first time author unless they are under 100,000 words. I’m not really sure I can go that low, but I want to have as many options as I can. I don’t want the risk of not even being considered because of my word-count.