Change in Course
I finally caught a clue and am changing up a few things on this challenge. Kris helped me see what was happening. Thanks, Kris.
Made it to WMG offices around 2 p.m. and spent some time there, then headed out to the store to get lunch and then out around 4 p.m. to our original store, or as we are starting to call it, our south store.
Worked there for a time, having fun, not really work, then went over to the regular monthly auction and hung out there until around 7 p.m. Back up to WMG to work on workshop stuff until about 8:30, then home for dinner. Then about an hour and a half getting my 10,000 steps.
Came in here and did e-mail, then around midnight I took a nap.
Back in here around 12:30 a.m. to start a short story. Got one about 500 words in and just like the start last night or the night before, it was clear it was headed to be a novel. A Seeders Universe novel this time.
Stopped that one and put it with the other novel start, then started another, using my half-title sheet.
But about six hundred words into the second short story, I was finally starting to catch a clue what was happening. 1,100 words for the night.
At that point I went to talk with Kris. See results below.
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Topic of the Night: Changing Course
Okay, after two novel starts in three days that had to be put aside, and seven of the eight stories I did below being a part of a novel or a basis of a novel, I finally caught a clue what my creative brain was saying to me.
It wants to write novels.
Clearly lots of them since in the last nine days I have managed to get nine novel starts or basis for novels. The only story with a cover below that would never be a novel is “The Man Who Used Shrill Whispers.”
So talking with Kris, I also realized that I almost have Smith’s Monthly caught up and if I don’t write a novel this month, it will fall behind again. And I hate that, but I hadn’t really realized that would happen. Duh.
And Kris pointed out clearly my creative brain wanted to write novels and I was trying to force it into this challenge. I teach people not to force their creative voices and here I was doing just that. Sigh… duh…
So we talked and I came up with a challenge that will help me get short stories out to major markets, keep Smith’s Monthly on track, and give me a chance to write both novels and short stories.
So here are the changes. Stories from July challenge is over. I did that last year, that was enough of that.
In my overall challenge of The Year of Short Fiction, I am dropping the number needed every month to ten short stories. Starting this month I will write at least ten short stories per month. And I will keep recording them as I am doing below.
And I will write one novel per month, if not more, and record the writing of that as well as I always do.
I will also, right here in public, keep track of the stories that are out to major markets and report results, rejections and all. That should be interesting to follow. (That will start in September or when I mail the first story out.)
So I have eight of the ten stories for this month done. I will be starting a novel later this week.
Goal: 120 short stories in one year. At least 12 novels. Pretty good year if I can manage it, which I think my creative voice is very happy about right now.
Creative voice always wins. Sometimes it just takes a week or so for it to beat me into submission. (grin)
Year of Short Fiction (July)
Story #1… July 1… The Case of the Simple Passage…. 3,750 words.
Story #2… July 2… Meeting the Sunset Kid… 4,650 words
Story #3… July 3… The Man Who Used Shrill Whispers… 2,400 words
Story #4… July 4… He Meant No Harm… 1,900 words
Story #5… July 5… Death in the Morning… 4,600 words
Story #6… July 6… The House at Thunder Rock… 3,500 words
Story #7… July 7… Lawyer’s Holiday… 4,500 words
Story #8… July 8… The Lost Interesting Thing… 3,500 words
Totals For Year 3, Month 12, Day 9
Writing in Public blog streak… Day 1,025
10,000 steps streak… Day 9
— Daily Fiction: 1,100 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 29,900 words
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 00 words
— Blog Posts: 600 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 5,300 words
— E-mail: 16 e-mails. Approx. 400 original words. E-mails month-to date: 170 e-mails. Approx. 10,500 words
— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 7 Covers
— Year of Short Fiction Goal: 120 stories. Stories finished to date: 8 stories.
— Yearly Novel Goal: 12 Novels. Novels finished to date: 0 novels.
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