868 words or 868 words

DebE —  May 10, 2012 — Leave a comment

Why is it that I can blat out an 868-word short story in under an hour, but it often takes two hours to get that sort of progress made on my WIP?

I put it down to preciousness. I’m precious about my WIP. But, I guess I really shouldn’t be. A short is just as important – if not more so at the moment, because I write them for competitions! My WIP has yet to go through further drafting and a final edit. Why, then, am I so precious with it?


Honestly, I don’t know.

There’s a lesson in here, somewhere, I’m sure of it …

As for my 868-word short … Once again it is for the WDC Weekly Quickie contest, so I will ponder whether or not to share it here. I will wait to see whether or not it places, anyway (o:




Deb E was born in New Zealand’s North Island, but her parents corrected that within months, moving south to Dunedin and staying there. Childhood nights were spent falling asleep to cover versions of Cliff Richard and the Shadows and other Rock ’n Roll classics played by her father’s band, and days were spent dancing to 45 LPs. Many of her first writing experiences were copying down song lyrics. She graduated to scientific reports when she studied a nematophagus fungus in the Zoology department of the University of Otago, trading all traces of popularity for usefulness… then traded both for fiction. Mum of one human & four fur-babies.

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