The preliminary results are in.
It used to take me weeks and weeks to write a short story. Three times now I’ve managed to compress that process down into a handful of days. It’s an incredible feeling to dive deep into a character’s head, finish the story, then let it go. Liberating. I’ve been trying to do that since the end of 2013 when I doubled down on writing fiction.
This is a good reminder not to take the accelerating power of a good workshop for granted–and that could apply equally in any art or craft or other discipline. The right teacher, trainer, or coach has the potential to make you better, if you come into the experience with an open mind and work hard at it. This short story workshop is some of the best money I’ve ever spent.
I don’t get the next workshop assignment until tomorrow. Today I did copywriting and strategy work for the day job, and finished a cool fantasy novel called Empire Ascendant. I added a few words to my in-between-assignments project, “Wendigo.” Tonight I’ll cook dinner, write a little more, and also read and give feedback on a few short stories a friend sent me.
Not a bad way to spend a day.