In the end, the story I jotted down in first draft two nights back turned into a 3100-words short called A Piece of the Action, and it’s currently on its way towards the editor’s desk, hoping it will find a slot in the proposed anthology.
My current process is more or less defined.I write the first draft in public, working in Google Docs online, in two or three hours, in the evening. I let the story rest for about 24 hours while I do something completely different. Still in Google Docs, I clean up the file, deleting my in-line live commentary and doing a first revision. Then I switch the Language Tools plugin and have a go at the text, catching typos, inconsistencies and wrong phrase construction. At this point, I copy and paste the text in a LibreOffice doc and I have a final revision, cutting what can be cut and adding what needs to be added. I format the text according to the guidelines, I save it in the requested format, and I send it along to the editor with a brief cover letter.
And that’s it.
Then the waiting begins, because there’s usually a few weeks lag between delivery and final verdict.
But that’s part of the game.
And now, on to the next story.
This thing is working like clockwork.
Tonight I might try and do another, depending on how my plans for dinner work out.