The 250 words I mentioned on Monday finally came together Tuesday lunchtime.
My character was still giving me hints a couple of hours before I finalised the story.
I had actually tried three different openings in the previous fortnight, and actually those elements did feature in the final cut, so they weren't wasted.
In fact it was only as I was getting to the heart of my character that I made a discovery- it altered the angle of the story entirely...
My only problem was that by the time I had edited it to a state I was happy with, I found I had 251 words.
Now when a competition says 250 words is the maximum, then 250 words it is, so mini panic over I looked at a few of the sentences which could be jiggled around. In fact I even moved the position of one sentence completely and it worked so much better.
Eventually I found a way to lose one word, so I finally had my 250 words.
Now I can't reveal any details yet, but maybe tomorrow I will share it with you. Though no doubt I will want to rewrite it when I read it again...