Sunday, November 21, 2010

My Plans For Write1Sub1 2011

So Ray Bradbury wrote and submitted a short story a week for a whole year huh? Good for him. Was he also working on a novel or two at the same time? Did he have a blog to maintain, a Twitterstream to keep an eye on, online communities to commune in? I suspect not. So, while I'm taking Write1Sub1 seriously - and I think it will be a invaluable spur to my short fiction writing - I'm planning on going easy on myself too.

My plan is to average one "full length" short story, one flash piece and a couple of Twitter fiction size pieces per month. That should give me ample time to properly hone each work while still allowing me to comply with the Write1Sub1 scheme. Purists may complain but purists, I generally find, can go to hell. Besides, I love writing flash fiction and Twitter fiction and there are plenty of outlets to submit both to (as we'll see as next year progresses!)

As to the "longer" short stories, I've just gone through the file in which I jot down any stray story ideas that come to me and winnowed the list down to those that show some promise. There are over fifty of them alone : stories that I really need to get written. My hope is that Write1Sub1 will help me to do just that ...

Meanwhile, over the next few weeks, my American amigos Milo and Stephen will be sharing their motivation and plans for Write1Sub1 too.

15 comments:

  1. Fifty ideas! My word, you will be busy.

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  2. fairyhedgehog,

    Yes. But in a fun way.

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  3. That's right, make Write1Sub1 work for YOU. 50 story kernels? You've so got this.

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  4. Exactly! Take that, "purists"!

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  5. Where do you get your ideas, and do you receive a bulk discount?

    Seriously, I'm looking forward to the challenge of keeping up with you even if you have all these wonderful ideas, a situation purists might consider an unfair advantage. Why? I have no idea. Which reminds me: What do purists become when they go to hell? (answer: imp purists).

    See what you're up against, Simon Kewin? Why are you not shaking in your boots?

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  6. I receive a bulk discount. And I'm not saying the ideas are wonderful, mind, just that I've had them ...

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  7. I'm gathering story kernels as well -- so take that, imp purists!

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  8. Thanks for that distinction, Simon. In compiling my own crib list for the coming weeks and months and year(!) I see that not only have I had most of my ideas, many other people have had them as well. I call that quality control.

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  9. They probably just used a time machine to read your 2011 stories, then went back and copied them.

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  10. That would be just like them. I have the last laugh, though, as now it will be easier for me to write them. I can just copy the copies of my own work. Oh, the glory of it!

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  11. It's a great scheme. They've done a lot of the editing and redrafting work for you. Neat.

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  12. Here, here! Good for you. Do what works for you. Sounds like you'll be very busy anyway. Good luck!

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  13. I like this plan. :) I'm in. And even if I only achieve half, then I'm that much farther along than I am right now.

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