Howdy! I was reading through the other entries of the 2020 short story contest, and so far The Other Outcast is the only one I haven't read yet, though I noticed it said that it was currently a rough draft. Would it be okay for me to leave a review now? Or do you plan on fixing it in the near future?
I'm planning on putting out a more polished draft this month (this weekend if God wills it). For the most part it'll just be fixing grammar and format gaffes, screwy tense, and things like that. The story itself will be much the same, but I think you'll enjoy the read more if you wait.
Ah, good to hear from you. I concede the point that none of the characters have any depth except for Rune. I might argue that that's sort of the point, since the narrative's only from Rune's perspective and he thinks everyone else is just a mindless drone. Still, it underscores one of my weaknesses as a writer, which is that I have a lot of trouble writing anything that's short. This story was originally supposed to be more like 5,000 words, and I was afraid that what little exposition and character stuff did make it in might slow down the action too much and make things tedious. Truth be told, if I wasn't writing The Other Outcast specifically for the Short Story Contest, it probably would have turned into a novel by the time I was through with it (assuming I ever got through with it).