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Under the category of Stranger Things Have Happened – I mean that literally in this case because, look above – someone (okay, John Frain) just won a writing contest.
Theme: Transformation. 800 words max. Bribing the judges with alcohol, while not condoned, was never expressly prohibited in the rules. Hence, my kind of contest.
For followers of this blog, I took one of my six-sentence stories from the April Blogging Challenge and exploded it into a fuller short story. Which, no surprise to anyone who writes, made it 1288 words and far too long for an 800-word story. Out came the red pen to lop off fully one-third of the story. Result: A much tighter narrative that jumped quicker into the story and lost my favorite line. So I followed William Faulkner’s alleged advice that “in writing, you must kill all your darlings.”
I can’t post it here yet, but I can do the next best thing: http://bit.ly/293aN4V