My First Short Story

I entered my first short story competition yesterday after being approached by an online writing community to do so. The word limit was 1000 and I had a vague idea for a story which I moulded the more I wrote. As ever, the story revealed itself to me as I tapped away at the keyboard, the main character spoke to me and all I had to do was try and keep up as I nudged towards the end of the tale. I penned the first draft in an afternoon before fine tuning it over the next couple of days.

It’s only a small competition and I have no grand ideas about winning it. Feedback would be great but it was good to get back into the writing groove again. I’ve just finished a hefty research phase for my latest book and now face an even heftier editing period. Sometimes it’s just good to get an idea and blast the words out. I enjoyed it and will keep my eyes open for similar competitions in the future. It freshens up and sharpens my writing skills, especially when in the midst of a meaty book project.

Win, lose or draw I will let you all read the story in a future blog post. A little thank you to those who have supported my writing dream with the three published books to date. It’s a fiercely competitive market out there and often I retreat to my WordPress community, where it all began, to lick my wounds and regroup. Blogging is where I earned my literary stripes so, despite falling traffic, I’m determined to keep this one going for as long as I can.

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

36 thoughts on “My First Short Story

  1. Declining number on the blog are going to happen as you move to different areas of interest. I will stick around and keep reading what you write. Besides I am living your writing experiences vicariously and enjoying what you are doing, even if you aren’t running now hehehehe. 🙂


    1. ‘The Kirkwood Scott Chronicles’ is a fantasy series set mainly in modern day Northern Ireland. It follows three friends fighting an ancient evil while struggling with mental illness, addiction & physical disability. Would you be interested in reading it?


  2. Good luck. Read a commentary by Ray Bradbury today and he said, as you did, that he didn’t have a plot but let the characters write it for him. You’re in good company.


  3. Awesome. 😎 when Covid hit last year I found a bunch of short story competitions to enter myself. I sent one of them to my dad, and he was keen, so since then we’ve been co- writing and entering competitions! I agree it’s a great way to express an idea, work on our writing chops, while taking a sometimes necessary break from a bigger (read: daunting) writing project!


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