Monday, November 29, 2010
NEW GADGET IN MY WRITER’S TOOLBOX
By Shara Moon
For some, that may seem like nothing – maybe a walk in the park even. But for me, where it took six months just to get to those 14,213 words, it was daunting.
But not impossible.
In those 72 hours, I managed to complete my 20,000 word novella, Because You Love Me, with the help of my trusty new writing gadget: my BlackBerry.
There was no internet to distract me, no squiggling lines for me to obsess over grammar, spelling, etc. It was just me, my hero and heroine, and my mission to get them through their harrowing position in the middle of a hailstorm!
Though each “page” was riddled with spelling and grammatical errors (since I have yet to upgrade to the premium package), I managed to type more than 3,500 words on this tiny instrument – and all with my thumbs!
In those 72 hours I was surprised at the lengths I went to finish my story for submission. It’s a testament to what we’re willing to do to follow a dream. And I’m happy I could rely on my BlackBerry to get me to completion.
Shara Moon is currently an unpublished member of RWANYC. She recently submitted her short story, Because You Love Me, for submission in an anthology and is steadily at work between two projects, tentatively titled A Beautiful Lie and Bewitched. When Shara is not writing, she is reading, researching, and conferring with her wayward muse.