I’m rewriting the story that won an honorable mention in an international short story contest in the mid 1980’s. I was married then. Since that time, I’ve moved frequently and divorced and the story has gotten misplaced. Back in the 1980’s when I was writing, I used a typewriter and carbon paper to make copies. There was no copy on a computer file. The file holding this story must have gotten left behind or tossed away. But I do remember the plot. Right now I am taking time to jot down the story quickly. I can go back and edit it before I submit it to Glimmer Train at the end of the month.
What I’m finding is that because I do have a time limit, I am working on this story daily. I do other writing as well, but I start my writing day by working on this story. This technique is going quite well. It’s day 3 of my writing and I have over 1000 words so far.
This was one of my favorite stories. I enjoyed writing it. I’ve always liked O’Henry and this story has a “twist” in it that I found delightful.
I’m going to continue working on this story. When I get the words down, I’ll go back and edit it.
Once this story is completed (again!), I’ll start typing up Leaving Luther. That was another story I really liked as well.