Started writing a new story

I finally got around to writing a new story today, the first of the new year and the first new story I’ve written in many months. It’s a science fiction story with a working title of “If By Reason of Strength…”. I tried starting this story several months ago, but didn’t have a good grasp on it. Now I’ve worked it out in more detail, enough to where I can get it started. I wrote nearly 900 words this evening and I’m pretty happy with what I’ve got so far.

This story is a little tough in two respects:

  1. I am trying to make a murderer into a sympathetic character, which is not easy to do.
  2. Normally, I work out the ending of the story in my head before I ever get started, but in this case, I don’t yet know how the story is going to end. That usually doesn’t work for me; the story wanders too much if I don’t have a target at which to aim.

The important thing, however, is to write, even if what you write sucks. And I’m pretty happy with what I wrote tonight. It doesn’t suck.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.