This is the time of year that I focus on making my new goals. I typically look at what I accomplished, and boost my expectations a little higher. I’m torn because I spent 2010 on short stories, and I really would like to get back to novel writing. I have a hard time doing both consistently. For a little while, but not long term, and let’s face it: novels are long term.
The temptation is Write1Sub1 which requires writing and submitting one story per week. At that level, I can’t compete yet, but people are signing up with variations, which I think is awesome. We all produce and revise at different intensities, and the point is to write and submit. I could commit to writing one per week, but since I revise slowly, I’d have to submit two a month instead of four. And that would be a challenge.
This last year working with shorts has taught me a lot about how I write, how I revise, processes, different aspects of writing. I could go on. Would another year on short stories make my work stronger? Hell yes. But that would mean another year that I’ve taken the slow road for novel writing and that my friends, is what’s going to get me the big contracts. On the other hand, one year of intense short story writing and revising could very well improve my ability so much that I’ll be writing better novels after that.
If I can get my novel in progress completed this month (another 40k to write), then I can start revising my other novel, and work on the short stories concurrently.
I’ll probably try to write more flash. 🙂
I think I’m capable of the writing one per week because I’ve been doing the FM Writers Story a Day challenge for years now, and typically I’d average one story a week, sometimes more. This past May, I wrote three stories, revised two stories, and submitted two new stories. I also managed critiques, and reading, and about 1k of novel writing, and prep for a novel revision (which I never started).
Maybe I’ll do it. It could be fun. 🙂
I’ll have to start being better about my early morning writing session… I’ve had trouble getting up. Could that be a sign? I’m not excited enough by what I’m working on to get myself out of bed on these cold dark mornings?
Definitely food for thought…
edited to add:
I’ll do it.
In all honestly, if I manage this half the time, I’ll have 26 more stories written and in circulation. There’s a whole nother level of writing for me to learn. This could be my access key. 🙂
So the question is: are any of you going to join the insanity?