Published My First Story

Hello everyone, I know, I have been out of writing spree for too long. It’s been more than a month, and I haven’t written any post here. But in my defense, I have been busy with personal stuff.

Firstly, I was traveling overseas. Being my first travel abroad, I took time off from writing and instead put my focus on engraving the vibe of the city. 

Then I was busy celebrating Diwali with my family after a long time. 

When I returned to the city, where I live currently, I was in chaos, cleaning up my home like a mad person. 

After I sorted out everything, I took the challenge of writing a short story for the PentoPublish2019 event by Amazon. 

A huge thank you to all the people who have helped me in the journey of writing my first published short story.

Honorable mentions: 

Prats, I can’t thank you enough, from sharing the first link of pentopublish2019 to asking me now and then about my writing status, I will always be indebted to you. 

Deepika, an already published author, gave me excellent feedback, I used a few of her pointers to improve the quality of my work. 

Sri, who is my soul sister and a fantastic writer, gave me the green signal and excellent suggestion, which I used in my final edition.

I also went to my brother, who gave me a good pep talk after reading my first draft, and to my dismay, it helped me a lot. 

Lastly, a huge thank you to my dear friend Gallimaufry, for reading my first three chapters and pushing me to complete it on time and suggesting various things when it came to designing the book cover. And bearing the frustrated me and helping in the final edit of the story. You are fabulous, and you know it. 

Here is what I realized while writing, every writer tells you that writing is easy, but its the editing after the first draft, which makes you mad. And you never understand this emotion until you work on your first edit. I was a little heartbroken after getting feedback on my first draft. In my head, I have written a brilliant piece that has no flaws. So I took a four-day break from writing and reading my story. When I went back to editing, I could see flaws in my writing and started editing it. I understood what everyone’s feedback and tried to apply the changes. But there were points about which I was very adamant; I didn’t change it even in the final story.

Here are the few suggestions, if you want to start writing :

  • Make a ritual when it comes to writing. I stuck to early morning writing with a cup of green tea, it helped.
  • I wrote every day at the same time; after two days, you realize your mind starts working at that particular.
  • Even if nothing comes to your mind, still keep staring at the page, after half an hour or so, something always comes up.
  • Last and foremost, write the story you would love to read. Don’t think about the audience when you are writing, write to unleash the unsaid words of your soul.

So here, I am sharing my short story with people who gave me honest feedback to date on my writing adventure. I hope you will once again share your honest feedback with me.  

Hazel : The untold short story of a ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances

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