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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Personal Short Story Challenge

I'm testing Dean Wesley Smith's theory for Making a Living Writing Short Fiction with a short story challege of my own, which I started today.  I can write 600-1500 words in an hour and since I have a lot of free time on my hands I will embark on a short story challenge in which I write 40 short stories in 40 days.  This means that I will attempt to write 40 short stories of various lengths in 40 days by writing 3-4 hours per day.  Some of these stories will become 10,000+ word novellas, I can live with that.  I know Dean Wesley Smith caused a shitstorm on a kindleboards post by suggesting that an author can write 50 quality short stories in one year.  Some dismissed it as being impossible.  Being a person who writes fast, I don't think this is impossible.  I released 5 short stories in 6 months last year and 3 so far this year after spending much of my time bullshitting procrastinating.  Now I'm going to test my discipline in participating in my challenge.

Here's my results so far:

1 hour: The River 1612 words

I pretty much bullshitted a lot of my day playing on facebook, texting and talking with friends on the phone.  I really need to close my browser out and focus on writing.  A few things I will do:

1) Spend most of my writing time at the library
2) Prohibit myself from using the internet during my writing hour

Now I must get back to work.  Hopefully, I can work on two more stories today.  If I do, I will update this blog.

Update:

1 hour: Til Death Do We Part 824 words

This story didn't flow as well as The River, but I'm satisfied with my progress.



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