January is done. I hope everyone did well on their own personal challenges.
For my two challenges, stories and weight, I’m happy with both starts. 8 pounds down on weight. Perfect pace.
Stories, I finished and got up seven stories, and am almost finished with another that went past seven thousand words last night. But for January I can only count the seven stories.
Those seven stories total 34,200 words of short fiction I never would have written without the challenge, and seven brand new short stories published electronically and at some point in collections both electronically and in trade paper form.
Was that all the words I wrote in January? All the fiction? Of course not. I’m a full-time fiction writer. If I only wrote 34,200 words a month, someone would have to take my pulse to see if I was still alive. That’s an extra 34,200 words I never would have written without the challenge. I might have spent more time on the novel projects, or more time here doing blogs, but the challenge gave me a focus on short fiction. And I had a ton of fun.
To do the seven stories I had to carve out 40.5 hours in the month, and that includes the time to do covers and publish them electronically. My handy little calculator on this computer tells me that means I spent exactly 1.3 hours per day on the challenge over the 31 days. About an hour and fifteen minutes extra per day to do the writing, the covers, the publishing, everything.
See why I say that as a freelance writer, if all I did this month was the challenge, you would have to check my pulse to see if I had died from white-screen-syndrome? (An evil disease that takes many want-to-be literary writers who think that writing is work and has to be hard.) Okay, sorry, I’m being rude. I know every writer writes at a different pace and every writer is different. But I just have a hard time imagining what a one book a year “full-time” writer does all day.
So here comes February. At seven stories this month, if I kept this average up I would fall 16 short stories short by the end of the year, so I’m going to have to pick up my pace slightly. I might add in an extra 15 minutes per day average. (grin) But I honestly am very happy with this start. I tend to start slow on things and then gain speed. So we shall see.
Watch the progress and the fun and the failures. And if you check back in here regularly, you’ll get to read another 93 short stories for free this year. And if you want to read about the process of writing the story and the monthly updates, check under the “Challenge” tag at the top of the page.
If you do come back regularly and read them all, you won’t like them all. Hell, I won’t like them all. And to be honest, I can’t remember a few of the stories I wrote this month. Doesn’t mean they aren’t fine, just means I look forward, not backward. I’m working on a new story and that’s my focus.
I am a writer. I write and only seldom look back in a post like this at what I wrote.
Stay tuned. I have a hunch this adventure has just begun. (grin)