Last year was awful, and I want this year to be better. Since it would be a lite naïve to hope that outside factors would make it better – doubt this will be our last lockdown to be honest- I’m determined to make the things I can control more productive. I have three big aims this year: write at least five books. Relaunch my makeup channel, and become a lot more food self sufficient. For those five books, three can be short stories, and this is the first of them. I was in a bit of a slump at the beginning of the year, which is something that happens to me every winter, so I set myself a few small projects to get myself motivated before I started on my goals.
Once I got my energy back I got started on the short story, and as luck would have it, I saw a writing competition for a short story here. One of the things I love about short stories is how they force you to keep your writing very tight. There is no room to trail off in one hundred different directions, you need to take a real minimalist approach to what you are writing, but also carefully choose your words to make the story rich and detailed despite being short. I’m used to coming up with my own story ideas, but entering a competition was a great way to stretch my writing muscles and build something over an idea I hadn’t come up with. Normally my story ideas come from the end of the story. I get a scene or a phrase in my head which is the last chapter, or at least the closing end of the story. This time I got to practice without that and try and train myself to keep the story within the parameters someone else had set. It was a really fun challenge!