Halfway – The Process

Halfway is story number forty-seven in the #52ShortStories challenge.

**SPOILERS BELOW. If you have not read the story and want to be (hopefully) surprised, come back to this when you’re done.**

I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before (things tend to run together after 47 stories), but when you’re doing this sort of off-the-cuff writing, there’s a lack of control that is both harrowing and thrilling. I wrote Halfway in a genre I don’t naturally gravitate toward and after several days, I knew this could easily turn out to be something much longer than I could possibly complete in one week.

So many times, I’m down to the wire when I’m hit with a solution to a problem like that. But I guess there ain’t nothin’ like a little pressure to kick one past the fear of putting something dumb out there and just being happy with what you have.

And then there are the same two lessons I seem to keep relearning:

  • We are the worst judges of our own work. Those who read the story seemed to enjoy the characters and plot. A good reminder as to why we just need to put things out there and move on to the next story.
  • Experiment! That’s one of the benefits of working on short stories. There are so many opportunities to do the ‘crazy’ thing.

Here’s the general scratch file:

And the daily journal entries:


4 thoughts on “Halfway – The Process

  1. We are definitely the worst judges for our own work. Sometimes that’s a good thing, because it keeps us in check. But it becomes more difficult when we want to edit and can’t be sure what works best because we’ve read the piece so many times!

    1. It’s certainly a battle within, Carrie! I always seem to hit that point where I remember this and am able to finally just let it go. Unfortunately, it never seems to come soon enough. 😉

  2. Most of the time, I think my writing stinks! No doubt Derek gets tired of my tears. 🙂

    1. Lol. Well now I’m DEFINITELY convinced we can’t judge our own writing! You’re a fantastic author, Jill and everything you’ve achieved has proven that. ?

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