Yep. Typical of me really; the competition closes tomorrow and the short story I’ve been writing and posting to Sunday Snippets was my intended entry. Typical me then, that I look at the piece, decide ‘I like that, but it doesn’t fit the brief as well as I’d like’ and totally change the story! The scenes that you’ve so kindly been looking at for me over the last three weeks are no longer part of the story. In fact, the plot has taken a gigantic diversion and become something else entirely!
Not that this is a bad thing. It’s just a bit nutty to do this the day before the competition closes.
The brief, which you can find here, was Betrayal. Simple as. However, when I looked at the story again it felt like more of a revenge piece, than one of betrayal. Sure, that’s there – he was sleeping with another woman after all – but then Laicee took steps to make herself feel better about it. I’m sure you’ve already guessed, or hit the right ball park, from what I’ve previously written over the last couple of weeks.
So I’ve changed it. A lot. The piece is shorter too, or it will be by the time I’m done. I think the story will be better for it too. And of course, there’s nothing to stop me using the original story elsewhere if I so wish.
Have you ever done that? Been absolutely sure and ready that a piece of writing was what you wanted, to realise, right before the deadline that you didn’t quite have it? What did you do?