Happy Friday, everyone! Well, as most of you know by now, it was a great week for me. On Wednesday morning I found out I advanced to the third and final round of the NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge. Yippee!
Okay, so now that my initial excitement and shock has worn off, I’ve become a big bag of nerves. I’m just not sure how I’m going to handle this last round. I only have 24-hours to produce a 1,500 word story. 24 hours!!! That’s just downright insane. I mean, during the past two rounds, it’s taken me 24-hours just to think of an idea and write a rough draft. Like, rough…Ugh, this gonna be intense, guys.
To try and deal with this tight deadline, I’ve come up with a basic battle plan:
- Brainstorm story ideas NOW. Hopefully one of them can be molded to whatever prompts I receive…Of course, I’ve tried doing this in the past, and it never works. For example, last fall during the Flash Fiction Challenge, I thought of a cool idea for a horror story that revolved around darkness and claustrophobia…Well, to my delight, I DID receive horror as my genre, but the story had to take place on a CROWDED BEACH. Doh! Bye bye cool idea…haha. Still, it doesn’t hurt to try and be prepared, right? And I’ve come up with an idea I think could be great. I just need my prompts to fit it. *fingers crossed*
- Start working tonight! Normally, I don’t look at my assignment until I wake up. Otherwise, I’ll be too wired to sleep. This time, I can’t wait. Every second will count. So, I’m going to stay up and see what I get. Thankfully, I’m in Denver, and the assignment is sent at 11:59 PM EDT. So, that means I’ll get it at 10 PM MST. Not too bad.
- Solidify a concept tonight. Then try and start a first draft.
- SLEEP! I know some people may think this is stupid, but my brain can’t function on less than 3 hours of sleep. So to bed I must go!
- Wake up early and finish a rough draft. Send to my harshest critic, my mom, by mid-morning.
- Panic, groan, and cry a little.
- Revise, revise, revise!!!
- Finish a solid draft by mid-afternoon and send to my other beta readers.
- Hold my breath while waiting for their feedback. Maybe cry some more. Oh, eat something. Don’t forget to eat!
- Revise, revise, revise!!! AKA, chop, chop, chop! Word count is 1,500, and I have a nasty tendency to go at least 1,000 words over. So, I’m gonna have to whip out my hiyah’ing skills and chop away.
- Send final draft to readers by early evening.
- Whimper and try not to laugh hysterically.
- Tweak, polish, and shine the story up as much as possible.
- Read again…and again…and again. Search for any and all errors and plot holes.
- Sob or smile. It’ll depend on how I’m feeling about the final product.
- Close my eyes, say a prayer, and submit my story by 9:30 PM. The deadline is 10 PM, but I’m not risking it. I want some cushion time, just in case I hit a technical glitch.
- COLLAPSE!…And, maybe cry one more time 😉
So, there you go! That’s my plan for tackling the 3rd round of the NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge…And I’m telling you right now 90% of it won’t happen–ha! My plans never work out the way I think they will. Oh well.
Anyways, in honor of my anxiety for this weekend’s intense writing competition, here is today’s Friday Funny:
Thank you to everyone who has sent me a nice note this week. You guys are so awesome and supportive.
How was your week? Have any fun plans for the weekend, ones that don’t involve pulling out your hair and having a mental breakdown? 😉
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