My blog is a month old today (Happy Birthday, Blog…I’ll buy you something nice later), which means I’ve officially been writing again for a whole
werewolf lunar month. Kind of.
I know I’m a mere baby compared to you seasoned bloggers out there but, as someone who has a mortal fear of committing to anything, I’m just amazed that I finally stuck with something.
Anyway, for my Blog Birthday, I got the lovely surprise of winning the Ad Hoc Flash Fiction Competition – my first competition win since returning to writing. So I thought I’d share the winning piece with you below. It’s not my usual kind of flash fiction story, but I’m guessing most writers have experienced this…
The Writing Process
Draft 1: Steve bought a cup of coffee.
Draft 2: Steve bought an extra-tall, triple-shot, non-fat latte.
Draft 7: Steve bought a grande latte from the pretty girl behind the counter.
Draft 11: Steve bought a latte from the smiling waitress who reminded him of his mother.
Draft 24: Steven Blake purchased a foamy latte from the waitress who looked uncannily like his mother.
Draft 46: Steven Palmer-Blake pulled out his gold credit card and paid the pretty waitress for his triple-shot, extra-tall, non-fat, extra-foam, mocha-latte with extra sprinkles, all the while thinking how much the waitress looked like his recently deceased mother.
Final draft: Steve bought a cup of coffee.