Rough Drift

"Small" writing challenges for my small writing talent. Hotel note pads are the only space allowed. Let's see if I can strip it down and tighten it up to learn something. Improving my skill of weird fiction.

About me, Rough Drift and it’s rules!

Rough Draft, but that’s not how my mind works. See what I did there?

I’m an airline pilot with a creative mind. Two things that don’t necessarily work together. I always had ideas for games, movies, cars, and planes, but once distracted, I was happy not to explore them. When my children began forming their own imaginations, my brain fired up again and now it won’t stop. I’ve got ideas, man! Big ideas! These short-short, and sometimes just short, stories are just the small ones that are already breeding themselves into those bigger than I can tackle kind, so I’ll work my way up and soon I’ll give a novelette a shot. Perhaps more. I’m at least realistic with what I can do at the moment. So here is where I learn more excellenter talentations, to get gooder,  and make thingses people want to reads.

(I like to play with words and verbs too, but as we can see, there’s a time and a place.)

Here are the rules to these stories:

I stay in hotel rooms all the time and one thing they all have in common is a small notepad on the desk or by the phone. We all have one notepad in our own spaces out there so go find, a piece of receipt paper in our pockets from that client dinner or the boarding pass you didn’t throw away happens to have a blank back side. (Ahem, Southwest Airlines) In theory, that small piece is about the right size to hold anywhere from 200 to 600 words. (Be careful how large you write.) One night, I noticed the relationship, and since I have quite a bit of time in my hotel stays during the week, I might as well see what I can do. If anything, I realize this is a great opportunity to learn or re-learn what I was never properly taught in school.

finished writing?

Then edit it a bit and post something reasonably understandable. Every post here is a rough draft. Every post can very well meet with additional revision when I feel like it. (might? hell, most definitely they all need serious work) Soon, I will have to select the right ones, pour on a full edit and rewrite and edit again. A project like that would increase understanding of the craft itself. The goal of this page is to learn how to put out a great story in flash-fiction size and make steps to larger works.


Thank you for your attention. Any and ALL feedback is quite welcome. I would love to hear what you did or didn’t understand, what you did or didn’t like and why.

Thank you for your time




2 comments on “About me, Rough Drift and it’s rules!

  1. Pingback: 1.) The first incident. | roughdrift

  2. ellisnelson
    May 12, 2016

    I like your idea. I have little bits of paper with lists and ideas all over the place. I don’t have the concentration to do a whole story at once. Things evolve over a long period.

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