I fail at reading comprehension

I skim read. It’s one reason I can read so fast, and also why I struggle with books sometimes – I miss words, plot details, minor things like character deaths or plot twists. I find the best way to make sure I do understand something is to read it at least twice…and I entirely failed to do that with a submission criteria last week. However, I also don’t particularly mind in this instance!

The submission is Fox Spirit’s Winter Tales call. I’d originally spotted it for a friend, but then started thinking about the meaning of winter. What would winter be in a desert? Could it be winter of the heart? And I wrote a 2000-word story, set in the Green Sky world.

“We ask that the stories take place on Earth….” FAIL.

I then started pondering about fables and Faeries, about selling your soul, about the nature of bargains and time. I picked up another writer’s character, discarded him, and then flipped the scenario around to my own characters. And I wrote another story, 5000 words, that’s based on the Dresden universe – so much that I don’t feel I can claim it’s my own. I know a lot of it is based from common mythology, but that isn’t where I’ve started. I haven’t referenced Dresden or Butcher, I haven’t used any of his world, but still…

“We are not looking for…fanfiction.” FAIL.

But, in both of these cases, I don’t mind. The Green Sky story is a quirky character study. The Dresden one is something I may use for something else, or might put on the blog at some point. Both were stories that popped into my head and I had to write in the way that I love about writing. It was good writing practise, and it was fun.

I’ve got the Red Ribbon submission still on the go, so at least that’s original – and I have read the submission criteria thoroughly!

Author: kate

Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at writingandcoe.co.uk. When she's not working, she fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.