Monday, November 29, 2010

Am I Insane?



A personal contest, maybe.

I have decided to try a personal writing contest. I have won NaNoWriMo for three years in a row. I have two books indie published, and more on the way. I can do novels. Short stories, I haven't messed around with much.

Maybe it won't be personal, I would be willing to have anyone do this, with me, you know, for support. For a month, a few months, heck even the whole year.

So starting on December first, I will write – two short stories a month.

The numbers break down to this:
Average short story length: 5000 words.
Total words for the year: 120000
Daily average to hit: 330 words

After doing NaNoWriMo, 330 words a day is a cake walk.

What to write about?
For me, I went to Duotrope and picked out 24 open submissions that interested me. I don't know if I will actually submit the stories, but the themes and deadlines have given me a goal to work towards.

What if I hadn't done that? I would have pick a theme for each month and kept to it. So this might have been my list:

January = New Beginnings
February = Love
March = Madness (ie March Hare)
April = Rain
May = Flower
June = Weddings
July = Explosions
August = Lazy Summer
September = Back to Learning
October = Ghosts
November = Thanks
December = Gifts

Or I would have gone to a place like Story Starter or Seventh Sanctum and pick a random one there.

What are my goals doing this?
1.Take a daily break from my novel writing and editing.
2.Think outside my comfort zone in writing.
3.To see how fast I can do it.
4.To build up a stories that I could submit. If I needed one in a hurry.

So that is my crazy idea. Anyone else want to join me? And if you do, What the heck would should it be called?

5 comments:

  1. Love the photo you posted with this entry. I wish you the best in meeting your writing goals.

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  2. Not crazy, just creating a clear path for your goals. The real challenge is sticking to the schedule. Most people can't even get themselves to hash out a battle plan so you're already ahead of the game IMO. I love short stories - have lots of fun with it. =)

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  3. I like having plans...does that mean I'm getting old? lol

    Sounds like a good plan. I might join you. Right now, I'm finishing up odd ball stuff so I can free myself up to focus almost entirely on writing. Once I get this planned out, lol, I'll let you know for sure.

    Did you see that million words in a year thing on twitter? I'm considering that too. lol

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  4. Cher Dawn - a million words? If I add all my writing up, including blog posts and work. Maybe, maybe 900,000

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  5. Short stories are a great way to fine tune your writing in a short time period. We do something similar in my writing group - a bi-monthly competition where we write and submit a story to a specific market in 30 days. Good fun!

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