I (mostly) survived the all-nighter

Okay, I’ll admit it. My husband was right.

I didn’t make it through the entire Burlington Public Library All-Nighter Short Story Contest. I made it to about 2:30 in the morning, at which point I did one last spell-check of my story and handed in my USB key. I’m not sure if the other participants in the contest were eyeing me with pity or envy as I crept my way back to my car and the comfort of my bed.

But I did finish my story, and that’s what it was all about anyway. I wrote nearly 3,000 words in six hours—whew! The hard part wasn’t the writing (we were permitted to bring in a hard-copy outline to work from); it was the editing. When I’m working on a project, I usually have to let it rest for a good long time before re-visiting and polishing it. Oh well, I’ll find out the results at a reception in the new year, after the judges have made their decision.

Thanks for all the support from my fellow Restless Writers!



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2 responses to “I (mostly) survived the all-nighter

  1. Lori

    Bella – your 2:00 a.m. effort is better than the best efforts of many others…can’t wait to celebrate your success in the New Year!

    • restlesswriters

      Well, my efforts must have been satisfactory. I placed third in the contest with my story, “Poison Pen”! Watch for a little write-up and perhaps a photo in this week’s Post.

      What do you think–should I post the story in full here on the blog, or refine it and attempt publication elsewhere? I can’t decide…


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