Some of you saw the title and said, “What Challenge?”
And you would be right for the last two months. It has been a wild two months for many reasons, but now the decks have cleared again, deadlines are done, the horizon looks calm, and I’m off and running again. But before this challenge starts back up, I want to make sure everyone understands what I am trying to do.
—To write 100 original short stories in one year. All from titles. (Different sources of the titles, but all start with just a title.)
—After finishing each story, I will post the story electronically on Smashwords, Kindle, Pubit and the rest, and on this site.
—The story will stay up here to read for free until the next one goes up.
I will keep track of the stories written in order in the second column and under the “Challenge” tab at the top of the page. The “Challenge” tab has links to each article that describes my writing process for each story. I take down the old story, but leave up the blog about writing the story.
Now, after five months, I’ve written 15 short stories. Ughh, am I behind. (grin) Only 85 stories to go by December 31st, 2011.
I have written a bunch of other stuff as well in these first five months, including two other short stories that will be in collections later this year or next year. But for the challenge, let’s just say it was my normal start. So I am not worried. I have seven months to write 85 short stories. About 210 plus days to write 85 short stories. One new story every two or three days for the rest of the year.
Okay, put that way, now I have a real challenge. I have some workshops to teach and traveling to do. Well, this could get interesting. (grin)
And also, for the other challenge I talked about when I started this back in January, I am still on track to run a marathon in September. More on that as it gets closer and I stay injury free. My weight is down 14 lbs and going down quicker as the miles increase. So better shape there than on the short story challenge. (grin)
So, now a few rules I have set up about this challenge.
#1… Please, I know I will make typos and such. I don’t care and please don’t tell me. Thanks. If you have trouble reading something with a few typos, please don’t read these stories. There is no such thing as a perfect story and I ain’t trying to write one. Or 100 for that matter.
#2… I will write some stories that fail. Duh! And no one reading these stories that will be pouring across this site will like them all. My attitude is that the story has to be done, not right. If it works, great. If it doesn’t work, in your opinion, please keep that opinion to yourself. Thanks.
#3… Some of these stories will be very short, others long. I have no intention of limiting myself in either direction. If the story is too short, I’ll put it up for free on all the sites instead of 99 cents.
#4…I have every intention of continuing to also write in the Publisher and Sacred Cows series, as well as recommend other blogs like I do and fly off the handle at something that makes me mad as I have been known to do. So just because you don’t see a story at the top of the page, scan down to the list to see if you missed one or two that went past.
There will be a lot of free fiction on this site over the next seven months. I hope you enjoy some of it.
And writers, I hope the writing articles can shed some light on how a professional writer works.
So game on. The craziness has only started. Dare to be bad.