Back to Fiction

After months and months of writing short work, nothing usually more than 1000-2000 words sometimes, it takes time to get back up to speed on longer work.

This morning, after chores and the like, I sat down to work on The Avenger short story. It had been so long since I had researched his world and wrote the outline; I first had to re-read my notes and outline before writing a single new word. Then, realizing I set it in 1940, needed to check certain details to avoid anachronisms and got a little sidetracked reading up on April 1940, very little of which actually found its way into the story.

I had a 5000 word limit and after discovering Captain Midnight came in at 50% over that, I knew I had to go for terse. When finally ready, I put on some jazz and started writing.

First of all, it felt really good to be writing fiction again. Secondly, it felt good to be doing something than that other project just for the change of pace.

A short while ago, the first draft was finished and weighed in at 3700 words. Now I know I can come back to this in a day or so and add stuff as I polish. All in all, not a bad day’s output.