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The clock is ticking….only four days left to enter this international writing competition

Editing short storiesThe August 31st writing competition deadline for Hysteria 2014 is approaching fast. Some writers need the adrenaline of a closing date hovering above their computer to kickstart their writing…. but if  you’ve already got something down on paper now is the time to start editing. Hemingway said write drunk and edit sober. In other words, after the passion and fire that comes with creativity you have to look at your work with a cool, dispassionate eyes – almost as if someone else had written it.

Changing the appearance of your poem or short story can enhance that affect. Change the font – if you tend to use Ariel it can be quite startling to see your words in Times New Roman. Courier has the appearance of an old fashioned typewriter and will give your manuscript an instant 1960s make over. Short story writers can also alter the page format. Change the paper from portrait to landscape and insert two columns – it will now look like a page from a book.

Next read your entry aloud. Any phrase you stumble over needs revision – it’s a sure sign that something isn’t working.

Also ask yourself if the story really hangs together. What do your character (s) want and how do they try to get it? Do they succeed?

Are there too many minor characters? Are they all absolutely necessary to the plot?

Read more of my advice HERE in the last of my articles as writer in residence of the Hystrectomy Association.

You may want to catch up on my earlier articles:

What Poets Shouldn’t Do

Five Flash Fiction Tips

How to Write A Short Story

Why Entering Competitions is Good for Writers

Missing Deadlines

It’s later than you think….

 

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One comment on “The clock is ticking….only four days left to enter this international writing competition

  1. theowllady
    August 29, 2014

    Reblogged this on theowlladyblog.

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