I only have five thousand words.

But I've written about 14 pages, so far. I've decided to write the story first and then cut it down, if at all possible. I like this story — it's a rare example of me having an actual plot, even though it's not terribly action-packed–and I like the characters. I'd love to send it to the editor that sent out the call for submission, too, because my first-ever sale was to said editor. 

I'm also fond of this story because it involves one of my better worlds — four countries, political conflict, cultural/linguistic/physical/magical differences, fairly well fleshed out — and I'd love to share it with people.

The only thing that I'm a little worried about is the fact that the languages of the two peoples involved in the story have differing grammatical structures, and as a result one of the characters ends up sounding sort of like Yoda. I didn't have Yoda in mind at ALL, actually; my inspiration was actually the Japanese structure of "the verb goes at the end". 

Back to poking at it, now.

A jumping-off point.

Writerly advice from Warren Ellis:

 

Identify a character in your idea.

1) What does that character WANT?

2) What does that character need to do to GET what they want?

3) What are they prepared to DO to get what they want?

 

Basic? Yes. Worth remembering, because it's where every story starts? Hell yes. Also has a couple of examples, at the post, as well as what prompted it. 

I find Mr. Ellis fascinating, but he's one of those people that I would be too terrified to speak to, were I in the same room with him. (Not because I think he'd try to kill me with his mind or something, but rather because I know I would say/do something terminally stupid or spill something on him or otherwise cause more trouble than anyone should. Hi, I'm C. Wright and I am an incredibly socially-awkward (even online) dorky coward!)