One more week in the books. Here’s how I did.
Another good one from Ray Bradbury.
“Write a short story every week. It’s not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row.”
― Ray Bradbury
I don’t know if I agree that it’s not possible to write 52 bad stories in a row, but, then again, who am I to argue with the great Ray Bradbury? I do like the idea of a story per week, and if you write a lot of flash fiction like I do, then it doesn’t seem too impossible. I did a quick, ballpark calculation of how many stories I’ve written this year, and I came up with 31. I have more coming with commission work, so I have a pretty good shot at 52 for the year. Not counting commission work, I’ll probably end up with 30 or so stories of my own IP. That’s the number I’d like to push up to a story-a-week. I might give that a try in 2022.
Another not-so-stellar week in submission land
I only managed one submission again last week, but it was a big one. I sent my novella Effectively Wild out on it’s first submission. It’s gonna be a long shot no matter where I send it because magazines that publish novellas are not common and those that do might publish one every two or three issues. So I’ve got an uphill battle if I continue to focus on spec-fic magazines. A better approach will likely be to shop it to small book publishers that publish standalone novellas. No rejections last week and no publisher responses of any kind, actually. The deluge has got to be right around the corner.
I’ve been commissioned to write another gaggle of media tie-in short stories, and work on those will commence soon. I’m also in talks to write a 5E D&D adventure, and I’m looking forward to that. It’s been a minute since I dipped a toe into that particular pool, but I love 5E and the world this adventure will be set in is also one I’m intimately familiar with. It’s been a damn good year for commission work, and I forgot how much I enjoy doing it. I might start actively seeking it out more in the future.
I came up with a really good idea for a short story, and I’d like to bang out the first draft. I also need to write a flash piece for an upcoming competition. I’d love to accomplish both this week.
That was my week. How was yours?
I like the idea of setting a goal of 52 stories next year (for you, not necessarily me). I’m curious how you would plan to tackle coming up with that many story ideas. Would you start banking them now and keep a list? Or would you come up with them on the fly throughout the year (or seek out prompts)? Of course, fully expect more ideas will come to you during the year.
Well, around 25 of them would come from the bi-weekly one-hour flash fiction contest/exercise I do. Those are prompted, so it’s not too difficult to come up with ideas there. The others would include longer short stories and a few pieces of flash. If I just finished the stories I have either started or outlined, I could pick up another dozen, leaving me with another dozen or so I’d need to create from whole cloth. It’s a lot, to be sure, but possibly doable. But, hell, if I failed and ONLY produced 40 new stories, that’d bee fine by me. 🙂