Finished my first draft of the short story I’m planning to submit to the Sword & Laser anthology. Right now it’s just under their maximum of 7500 words, but I know it’s going to end up longer. After I get a more complete version done, I’ll work to scale it back for submission.
There is a lot of cleanup work to be done – I did my best to just keep writing and not go back and edit. Things on my mind that I know need work:
- I left some conversations more as sketches rather than fully written out dialogue.
- Making sure my characters are well defined – use “tags & traits” as suggested by Jim Butcher.
- Since this is a new sci-fi universe, I have to make up names for spaceships, a planet, etc. Right now I just have temporary words in place.
- Fixing some plot holes – there are a couple places where I know I’ll need to come up with a better logical explanation for how things happened.
- Emphasize the sleeplessness of my main character – he starts off very tired but I didn’t really follow through with that throughout the rest of the story, even though it is told in real-time. I’m considering making the title of the story reference this.
- The “flow” of the writing. I started revising the opening paragraph of the story, and I’m just not happy with how it’s reading. I’m sure this will be an issue with the rest of the work as well. I’m going to do some reading up on how I can improve.