I have several blog articles in the works, but until then, I wanted to share with you my very first published piece of fiction, my short story, ‘A Journey of Barren Landscapes’.
To prepare this story (originally written for a workshop a couple of years ago) for submission, I had to edit it down from 3200+ words to under 2000, which I did… shockingly easily, mostly just with line edits and the elimination of ineffective description. I did drop two half-scenes, one for not being very good, and the other, for being a darling that I loved, but that didn’t push the plot forward in any real way.
It has been printed in the August 2010 edition of The Martlet, my university’s school newspaper, as the winner of their annual fiction competition. The paper version has some excellent art to go alongside it, but the text can also be found in EASY-2-READ WEB FORMAT here:
http://martlet.ca/article/21729-a-journey-of-barren-landscapes . To be honest, though, the web version doesn’t have any of the proper section breaks, so it may become difficult to read.
Enjoy! I would love to read some comments on what you think of it.
2 thoughts on “A Journey of Barren Landscapes – My first published piece of fiction”
Yeah, my general beliefs on titles is that they need to do three things: (1) entice the reader into deciding to read the piece, (2) Accurately represent the piece, and (3) Mean something different and more significant after the piece has been read (or seen performed, be it theatre, what-have-you).
The title is the first and last thing a person encounters, after all.
Good story – I especially like the economy of the thing, with the entire tension based on these two characters who feel thrown into a mysterious situation. The brevity of the piece certainly serves your economical writing, too. I also like how the story ends with the same tone as the rest of it – everything fits together as a piece here.
My other thought is about the title – for what it’s worth, it felt very revealing. I’m not sure that was your intention, but where the story seems to be predicated on observations and showing events unfold, the title seems to give things away. Just my thought.