Write1Sub1 on or ahead of schedule: story number two, “How Cherry Coke Saved My Life” has been written, revised and submitted. It’s flash at 750 words, but is a quirky little science fiction story that just tickles me. Hope it does the same for some editor someplace.
The novel is progressing, though not as quickly as I’d like. I’m not writing on it every day, but I should be. Now that I have my short story quota out of the way, I have more time to focus on the novel and the critiques I’ve got in progress. I also wrote two children’s stories, based on a story telling session with my daughter. One is called “No Dress Princess” and the other is “The Crystal Castle on Cinnamon Island”. Both require transcription, but they’re safely in my notebook. (And now that I said that, I won’t sleep well until they are safely transcribed and backed up in three places).
And it looks like I maintained my weight this week – which is fine since we went out for dinner one night and got take out another. I’ve been trying to keep up with the workouts and the water, but it’s been a serious focus week at work and my brain just plain fuzzed out on the health stuff. At least i didn’t go back to the cherry coke.
Hope you had a great week, too.
Just like thousands of other writers, I’m working out my goals for 2011. The big scary goal for next year is the Write 1 Sub 1 challenge. The most short stories I ever wrote in a year was 9 to 10. I’ve done it twice. This past year, I focussed on my revision skills. I’ve submutted 7 new stories this year. I learned a lot about my writing, and about the methods that work for me. Armed with this, I’ve set myself a half goal for the Write 1 Sub 1.
The original goal for the challenge is to imitate Ray Bradbury, and each week, write a story and submit a story. I’m pushing this year, but I’m not pushing myself so far I’m going to break myself. My half goal of 26 stories written and submitted is over double what I’ve ever done.
This breaks down to about two stories per month written and submitted. My method, to keep me sane, will go something like this:
- 2 new stories: one from my story ideas file, one from a prompt.
- 2 revisions pulled from my completed stories folder (preferably not the newly drafted stories)
I need distance to revise well, and I think writing more stories will create that distance.
This could be a good approach; I’ll try it and see. It is subject to change. Also, I don’t want to pass on my May Story A Day challenge, so I will likely not be revising that month, and writing extra short stories.
I’m eager to see what this will do to my writing, both skill and habit.
Good luck to those of you taking part.