SPF: A Rough Draft

Photo (c) Susan Spaulding

A Rough Draft

Words 200

“Well? Is it done?”

“Sort of. Whether it is well or otherwise is not for me to judge.”

“Very funny. So aren’t you going to show off?”

“Umm. Not sure whether it’s worth bragging about.”

“Come on! Are you digging for compliments?”

“From you?! Who hasn’t even looked at it once?”

“That’s a dig!”

“Haha. Very funny.”

“How does it feel to have finished the story you were working on for over two years?”

“Mostly drained.”

“That’s it?”

“So much more remains to be done!”

“You have a complete story! Go find a publisher and just rake in the moolah.”

“If only it were that easy!”

“Isn’t it?

“Before I can even think of contacting a publisher, I have to edit my novel.”

“Isn’t that the editor’s job?”

“Nope! He just draws red lines through manuscripts before throwing it in the trash.”


“Exactly. Ideally one should spend at least thrice the amount of time editing as writing.”

“Wow! You don’t like editing?”

“I do but despite the difficult subject, writing was so much fun.”

“How’s that possible?”

“It was possible thanks to all the people who kept me company through the tortuous paths and cheered me from the sidelines.”


A/N Sorry about that I simply couldn’t resist bragging in a (not so) roundabout way 😉 I finished Moonshine the story for which I began blogging (240 chapters!) and the reason I’ve been away – just in case any of you noticed 😛 A genuine and heartfelt thank you to all you alpha readers – silent and otherwise 🙏

Written for the Sunday Photo Fiction – a story in 200 words or less. Thanks to Susan Spaulding for hosting the challenge and the photo prompt. To read the other stories inspired by this prompt click here.

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16 thoughts on “SPF: A Rough Draft”

  1. Well Dahlia, thank you for Rajani’s journey. It did get me hooked and often got me ranting at your Moonshine’s plight. At least it had a happy ending. Many a time these stories (real life) have a tragic end.
    It is a lovely warm evening. We are heading for another long weekend. Good night Dahlia.


  2. MOONSHINE in on my bucket list….but yes the audience does play a big role in the authors motivation and high spirits and the will to complete a story…hurray..you deserve a clap!


      1. Oh and btw I am finally thinking of picking up the collab fiction. Let me know if you have time now or if I should go ahead.


      2. That’s a great idea but sadly I’m pretty tied down with work to do much justice to even my own writing, which is why you see only bitty poetry and random quotes from me these days. Please go ahead with the story. It’s your baby now ☺️

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  3. Ahhh, I feel for you… .. exactly, finishing work is always more laborious than the actual work itself!! But need to get it done altogether, otherwise it ends up languishing away with no sight of its finishing line….. speaking from experience, hehee!!
    Good luck to you …. hope to see all your rough drafts gets chiselled away in a lightening speed 🙂

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