10 pages. With specific formatting requirements. I have three in the can. I’ve decided to enter a short story contest sponsored by my local newspaper. I have no intention or expectation of winning but I do have an expectation to complete this self imposed assignment. To put myself out there and actually publish a fictional short story. I’m really not very good with fiction, or dialogue, or “making stuff up” so I’m going with advice I’ve heard: write what you know. My story, therefore, will be autobiographical in nature, with just enough literary license taken to make it fiction.
Who does this? Who puts their heart and soul on paper (did I really just say paper?) for others to see, dissect, criticize and condemn? Braver people than I. People who are willing to take a piece of their existence and throw it in the wind…see where it lands and not care.
Wish me luck. Not so much for success but for courage. And inspiration. And if you’re a veteran of this, I salute you. If I can move just ONE single reader, I will consider it a success. Please don’t let it be tepid or smarmy. If it’s bad, that’s okay, just let it be real.