I’m almost finished editing the flash fiction story I wrote the other day. It’s already been through 4 revisions. All that’s left to do is read it out loud a few times to make sure it flows and sounds right. It has completely consumed me these last two days. I find it hard to concentrate on anything else while I’m editing it. Even now as I write this, ideas keep popping into my head – what I can cut, places to add a little more description, different words to use, tidbits to make the story stronger.
As I mentioned in my previous post, it was going to be hard for me to try to keep it under 500 words and it was. It has doubled in size to 700 words. Not that it matters too much; it’s still under the word count for the contest I want to enter it in. After I finished writing the third draft, I did a search for contests and found one that I remembered seeing in the Writer’s Market. The contest is offered by WOW! Women on Writing. The nice thing about the contest is you can either just enter or you can enter and pay extra (actually double) to get a critique of your work. I opted to enter and get critiqued. It’s a bit pricey, but hopefully it will be useful. If this doesn’t work out, they hold a flash fiction contest four times a year so I’ll have plenty more chances.