Sunday, November 28, 2010

Who does Write1Sub1 work for?

Here's my goal: Make next year's writing experiment work for ME.


What will it look like? 52 stories in 52 weeks. Length of each story? I'm planning to break it down by month, so that'll be 4 stories in 4 weeks: 1 Twitter-sized tale, 1 piece of micro-fiction, 1 flash fiction, and 1 short story.

Will I submit the same story I write each week? Maybe. Will I submit a shorter piece while I'm polishing up a longer one? Probably. Might it take the whole month before a short story is ready for submission? Likely.

Will there be weeks when I'm inspired to send out a couple fine pieces of flash fiction? I hope so. Will there be weeks when the story I write should never be seen by anyone, anywhere? I hope not.

Am I a little nervous about this challenge? Heck yes.

But Ray Bradbury put it this way: "First you jump off the cliff and you build wings on the way down."

Considering my good company in this endeavor, I have a feeling there will be some serious soaring next year.

27 comments:

  1. ... or some serious plunging. Looking forward to the challenge, amigo.

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  2. Good luck! Sounds like an interesting challenge for sure!

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  3. Most likely there'll be some crashing and some soaring ...

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  4. Steve: Me too!

    Morgan: Mos def. Want to join up?

    Simon: Perhaps, as well as everything in between.

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  5. Sounds interesting. I'll have to come back as see what you're up to here.

    BTW: I liked the Dry Leaves entry. So much story packed in that sentence.

    ........dhole

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  6. Thanks Donna -- and do stop by again; things are sure to get crazy around here as 2011 approaches...

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  7. I think I'll do it too. I'll write and submit one flash fiction or short story every month in 2011. That's a very doable goal I think.

    Thanks for passing the challenge along!

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  8. LOL, I just read the "details" page. Ok, so I'm looking like a flake, but 12 new submittable stories is a good start for me. Maybe I'll try the 52 subs some other year. :)

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  9. Charity,

    Welcome aboard! One a month is still an admirable target.

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  10. Charity: Thanks for signing up! We are privileged to have you among our growing ranks.

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  11. Well I have taken the plunge. I am now convinced that I am insane. But wait, doesn't that mean that I am actually sane? Joseph Heller would know.

    I'd better start jotting down some ideas.
    And finding out where to send stuff.
    Roller-coaster, here I come!

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  12. Welcome, Dominic! Yes indeed, it's sure to be a crazy -- but REWARDING -- ride next year. Check out our "Short Fiction Market Listings" page for some great resources.

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  13. I love that quote. Ray Bradbury topped my reading lists when I was in grade school.

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  14. Oh I meant to ask. Do poems count?

    :Dom

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  15. Dominic,

    Yes, most definitely!

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  16. Anne: Bradbury is the man.

    Dominic: What Simon said!

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  17. The point is to write and submit... so even if we can't manage the 52 submissions (though it would a NICE surprise), can we still join? The excitement and insanity surrounding challenges like this is contagious...

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  18. You betcha! We're in the process of developing a 'WEEKLY' and a 'MONTHLY' badge for varying levels of participation. You're absolutely right: the goal is to write and submit AMAP (as much as possible).

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  19. This sounds like an excellent idea. It won't work for me because I have specific goals for next year, but I will cheer you on from the sidelines.
    Nancy
    N. R. Williams, fantasy author

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  20. Thanks for stopping by -- and for the cheers!

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  21. I´ll give it my best shot...My goal is not so much the submitting as the writing as I have a few projects I want to complete/ develop. Personally I would be happy with write 4 submit 1. I´ll share the link with my Facebook writer friends.

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  22. I recommend Dogzplot for submissions:
    http://www.dogzplot.blogspot.com/

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  23. Thanks Marita. One of my focuses is going to be on researching a specific market each week. I'll target Dogzplot early on and blog about the market.

    Suggestions are certainly welcome.

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  24. Marita: Thanks for the market recommendation -- and for joining us.

    Steve: Thanks for the prospective market research. You da man.

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  25. hey guys this looks like fun, writing a short story is another animal on its own, good luck!
    If all goes well with my writing I shall be writing a short story soon so I'll be back.
    And Milo thanx for the follow great to put a face to the write1sub1 idea

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  26. check out shortstorybook.net and ether books

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  27. Thanks for stopping by, Joanna. I'll definitely be checking out the sites you mentioned.

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