Years ago on a Sunday evening I would frequent a bar in the (not so) delightful town of Walsall called Sofa Sofa, which at the time was fairly new to the area. I always wanted to read a news article by the local paper about the success the bar was experiencing in its early days with the headline ‘Sofa, So Good’, however as I (thankfully) didn’t live in the area, I don’t know if this ever actually happened. I sincerely hope it did. Just in case it didn’t, watch me as I crowbar a tenuous ‘sofa’ reference into this blog to justify using it in the title and make my dreams a reality..
This week I was fortunate enough to have an early finish from work, so spent a solid five hours SAT ON MY SOFA (woohoo) with no interruptions, which for me is rarer than rocking horse doodie. I am overjoyed, because it gave me the opportunity to actually finish a piece of work! Well the first draft of it anyway, I’m sure it’s going to need a lot of work yet but the important thing is that it’s a complete story with an actual beginning, and actual middle and even an actual end. What I have enjoyed most of all, is writing outside of my comfort zone, using various techniques I’ve not used before and having a female protagonist. It’s opened my eyes and made me want to push myself to try more varied styles and techniques in the future. Like I have said before, I’m learning all the time and I absolutely love expanding my knowledge and capabilities. I won’t be posting it up here because I have promised the first read to a special someone but if it gets her seal of approval then I may look to submit it to a friend’s website and/or post it on here for a bit of feedback one day.
A question for the unpublished amongst you, or even the published if you feel it appropriate – what do you do with your short stories when you’ve finished them? Do you enter competitions? Post to your blogs? Keep them to yourselves?