Debbie and I are both entering a local short story competition. It's for Kapiti residents and is starting up this year. The conditions are pretty open - write a short story of no more than 500 words. Be a resident of Kapiti.
Pretty simple really :-) It's actually kind of hard to know what to do with such a blank canvas but I'm pretty happy with the story I came up with. The result of the contest won't be announced until August.
I had a head-scratching think about it a few days ago (Friday?), slept on it, then wrote the story on Saturday. Debbie gave me some very good feedback and I made a few minor tweaks, and it was good to go. I actually wrote two drafts of it really, as I wrote one in a notebook in the lounge when Dom was up early, then typed it up when he was having a nap. For the most part I typed without looking at the notebook, so it really was a second draft rather than a transcript of the notebook version. I think the handwritten version pretty much mapped out the beats and turned up one or two nice phrases, but the crafting and sparkle was 90% second draft stuff.
Another reason to use a false name for OIA requests
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