Here's how Ramey rolls for 2011:
Saturday: Target a specific market for the upcoming week. Read sample stories if possible. I don't normally write to market like this, but it will be a good opportunity to learn more about available markets while providing a concrete goal for the week's work. I don't actually expect to be inspired week in and week out so I will need some definable goals to get me started.
Sunday: Idea/outline generation for the coming week. I plan to raid my cabinet of unfinished stories as well. Each time, however, I will begin with a blank page and write the story fresh. The idea here is to write new stories, so my use of prior stories will be mainly to gain ideas and provide scene structure.
Monday-Thursday: Write that story!
Friday: Polish and submit. Quick polish usually doesn't gloss up a story to its full sheen, but I'll do my best. If a story gets rejected without comment, I'll most likely set it aside for a more thorough polish/revision after the challenge. If it seems to be close, I'll brush it some more and send it right back out there into the cruel marketplace.
Rinse and repeat.
Now, according to Einstein ("Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.") this could be a recipe for disaster, thus my second brilliant idea. I'll rotate the types of stories I write week to week, as follows:
Week 1: Golden Heart of the World serial (steam punk)
Week 2: Fantasy or Science Fiction short story
Week 3: Horror or Mystery short story
Week 4: Literary or Creative Nonfiction story
For months with five weeks, I'll do something bizarre or random.
How's that for challenging? If I survive the year, I should at least get a medal, no? Shall I shoot for, say, twenty publications? That leaves room for plenty of misfires; hopefully most of them will be glorious failures.
The whole idea, for me, is to overextend to the point I cannot go back to who I am now. Because, between you and me, being a middle tier writer of "adequate" short stories isn't cutting it. Stay tuned. This should be interesting.