An acknowledgment

February 13, 2011

Just want you all to know that I realise that this diary isn’t that interesting at the moment. “Oooh, Daniel wrote 200 words!”


I’m hoping it’ll get a little more interesting once I can start sharing the feedback of my writing group, and track submissions / rejections / (hopefully) acceptance.


Thanks for hanging in there guys. I owe you all a beer.


Story story story

February 13, 2011

Not much to report. Minor wordage.

Edited the stuff written so far. Not bad, meanders a little. Suspect this first 2,000 will have to be culled to about 1,000 – 1,2000.


Previous word count: 1,899 Current word count: 2,007

Continued Journey of the Story

February 10, 2011

Okay! Wordage has happened – about 400 of the little skeletal suckers.

The story has taken a dystopic turn, which I like.



Now I need to iron some clothes for work tomorrow (sigh).


Previous word count: 1,500 words. Current word count: 1,899 words.

The story

February 10, 2011

No wordage was committed last night.

I could lie. Tell you I had ‘writers’ block’ or that I was ‘mapping out the structure’.

But the reality is that the blame for my wordage fail lies solely with an impressive bottle of shiraz that my beautiful wife and I consumed.


And that’s okay.


Previous word count: 1,500. Current word count: 1,500

Previous bottles of shiraz: 1. Current bottles of shiraz: 0.

Short story progress

February 8, 2011

Mixed feelings in tonight’s diary entry, which should make for a good blog post.

First the basic news: another 500 or so words poured into the thing – the official word count is exactly 1,500 words. As of two minutes ago.

The creative process is in full swing now. I spent a good part of the day looking forward to adding words to the story, even re-read what I had written and edited a bit. I’m excited by it.

To keep the thing ticking along what I normally do is throw myself some curveballs; just odd observations or character traits written into the story that stands apart from everything that has come before. I then try and write scenes that will allow these oddities to exist cohesively with the rest of the story.

It’s a way to keep my brain working on the story. Most of these “excursions” will be rubbish and ultimately junked, but what I’m looking for is just one fresh take on the scenario being played out.

I thought all of this prior to writing tonight. My thoughts after tonight’s wordage?

It was difficult tonight. the character I added in didn’t really work, and when you’re talking short fiction you have no room for poor characters – you barely have room for more than one strong character.

It was a struggle not to give up and try again tomorrow, mainly because I have the strong suspicion that this 500 words won’t make final draft. But I did it, and I’m glad I did it because the scene illuminates my theme, and my ideas for the piece.

It stands as a reminder of what I want in the story, and a challenge to write something better than tonight’s drivel.



So I guess I’m please with that. I better be, I missed Packed to the Rafters for it.

Let’s try a little exercise

February 7, 2011

7th January:

Having just poured another 500 words into my new short story, I’m about a quarter to a third of the way through the story (I think). It sort of has the feel of a about a 3,000 – 4,000 worder.

I thought it might be interesting for you if I diarised the process: the time it takes me to get a draft out, the feedback my writing group give me, my final revisions, and finally the submissions I make in my efforts to publish.


That sounds interesting – doesn’t it?


PS The story has a name now – The Chain.

Ideas are inconvenient things

February 7, 2011

After swearing off writing new short fiction in 2011 to pursue the long form, I put down 500 words of a new short story last night.

I was driving home looking at the black ocean when I had this image of a large maritime chain stretching towards the horizon, constantly in motion, dragging small boats – each with a person in it – away from the mainland.


And just like that, the first story for 2011 is underway.