Just in time, too! It’s a new month and that means…yes…yet another overly-ambitious goal for myself.
This month, I’m going to try to write 30 short stories in 30 days. I did this last April on the indirect challenge of Dan Wells (http://www.fearfulsymmetry.net/). Last time, I got 28 stories written or mostly written. Note that ‘mostly’.
This time around, I’m aiming to finish every story I write. That means every story gets an ending, even if I find it unsatisfying. Even if it feels rushed. It’s ok. I can write crap this month and edit it later. The important thing is to finish stories I start.
Yes, this is a little crazy but it should also be very freeing. I’m giving myself permission to write crappy first drafts. I’m giving myself permission to experiment. Try different POVs, different protagonists, different genres. I’m going to try to write more sci-fi. I like science fiction but I seem to be drawn to write fantasy more. (I’m still working out in my head why that might be) Sci-fi is an easier ‘sell’, for short stories. For novels, it’s the exact opposite, interestingly enough.
Last year, I got a few good nuggets of stories out of this, no sales yet but stories I’m proud of. This year should be (might be?) even better. It’ll be interesting to see how much I’ve learned over the past year and how much I can apply.*
Anyway, wish me luck. I’ll be denying myself IM gaming and video games or any other distractions until the day’s writing is done. I may get kinda twitch before June is out.
I’ll try to update the wordcount page as I go with each story’s wordcount. We’ll see how many flash fiction pieces get written as opposed to novellas.**
*Knowing what to do is only part of the battle, DOING it is the other, more important part.
**Sadly, I’m on a novella kick lately, when it comes to shorter fiction. Oy. Could be a problem this month.