Saturday, January 1, 2011

A New Year for Writing

This is it.

Two months of planning and preparation, lifetimes of appreciating the power of the written word in all its forms, and here we are: The first day of a year we've devoted to perfecting our craft. We are writers. We are storytellers. We are leaves on the wind. Watch how we soar.

Thank you for inspiring us, Mr. Bradbury.

I am honored to be counted among you, fellow wordsmiths, and I can't wait to see what the next 52 weeks have in store for us!

-- Milo James Fowler

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One draws motivation from whatever one can. I'm grateful to Milo and Simon for providing this opportunity and I'm looking forward to matching strides with the daring participants who join us. Let's hit the ground running and never look back. Really, don't look back. And don't slow down lest Something Wicked This Way Comes.

--Stephen V. Ramey

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Launch day is here! Let's shoot for the moon. Let's reach for the stars. We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams. All it takes is some work, some impetus, and we can escape the pull of gravity that holds us down.

It's going to be a lot of fun. There will be disasters. There will be triumphs. But the very best of luck to everyone who has come along for the ride.

Let's get writing ...
-- Simon Kewin

30 comments:

  1. Ooh, dramatic. Here's to the Finish Line being just the beginning!

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  2. Good luck everyone and Happy New Year
    I've written a 150 flash fiction story today, but I don't have a home for it as the deadline was Nov 12th for the magazine giving the theme. Now I can't decide whether to file it for future use or try to expand it and find a home for it elsewhere.
    :O)

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  3. Fingers, ready . . Muses set . . GO!

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  4. I've written and submiited one already! Couldn't resist. Wrote an SF Twitter fiction story called "wolF emiT" today and sent it off to Trapeze ...

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  5. Madeleine: Expand it and find another home for it, definitely =]

    Simon: Way to go, dude!

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  6. Up and writing since 7:30 this morning. Best of luck to everyone! Here we go...

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  7. That's a beautiful thing, Soap. We can't keep up momentum until we start it :-) I'm researching for my steampunk story, which will come in around 3500 words I suspect.

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  8. Soap & Steve, way to get this thing started with a bang! Just subbed my first episode of a horror serial to Fried Fiction.

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  9. That's impressive, Milo. Should we add another track: Super Ray - 365 stories in a year? ;-) (or maybe the Blinding-Fast Bradbury?)

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  10. If they accept it, I'm set for the year: an episode a week! Though technically, subsequent installments shouldn't count...

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  11. T-minus . . .hang on. We've launched. Gulp. Best of luck to everyone!

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  12. We're off ... on the way-out wacky races! (Oh hang on - showing my age there!)

    I have submitted my first story to the Readers Digest Short Story competition. (Competitions do count don't they?!)

    I'm very impressed that 64 people have signed up for this mad venture!

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  13. Dom,

    Yep, competitions definitely count. Good luck with yours!

    Curse you Mutley!

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  14. Speaking of competitions, it might be a good idea for us to list any we come across on our "market listings" page. What do you think?

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  15. Points for the "Serenity" reference!

    I'm ready! Let's do this!

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  16. damn... missed the first day to extreme hangover! must do better today before going back to work!

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  17. Hey,

    I've just 'writ one, pubbed one'. A review on Skull Salad Reviews. I wonder if that counts. Must check rules. Feeling motivated. Is there going to be somewhere where we can post our progress? That wold be cool

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  18. Just read rules -- probaly should have done before posting.

    Sad that review don't count, but happy that we're going to report on a weekly basis. Back to work.

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  19. Sparklecat: I was hoping somebody would notice that. =]

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  20. Good luck, everyone! This challenge has me more motivated than I've been in quite awhile. :)

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  21. Deborah: A well-written review, nevertheless. Might have to check out that collection for Gizmo (my Kindle). He has a voracious appetite.

    Madeline: That's what we like to hear!

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  22. Well, finished my first short for the year last night (3000 words, a respectable day!), plus the rewrite.

    I needed a submission for the Viable Paradise mini-workshop being run at Arisia in a couple of weeks, though, so I submitted it there (deadline was, well, yesterday...!). Not sure if that counts, or if I have to write another one this week and submit it somewhere. ;)

    Only five people are getting into the workshop, but I wanted to take a crack at it despite the odds. The good news is, once I get a yes/no from them, I can ship the story off wherever, so it'll get added to the submissions pile shortly.

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  23. I have my story idea for the week/month. It's sketched out and ready to be written. I have no idea if I'll find a market for it, but by goodness I'm going to try. Best of luck to all of you!

    Scribbler to Scribe

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  24. KevinMc,

    You wrote it this year so that counts. Since you submitted it somewhere that's you covered for the first week I'd say.

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  25. Just signed on! Quick question - if you submit something and get back a rejection, can you then submit it elsewhere in a later week, and have that submission count for the later week? Or does it have to be 52 unique submissions?

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  26. A.S. - Sure. The idea is to encourage us to write regularly and submit regularly. It does not have to be the same story we wrote that week, and I see no problem with counting a resubmission so long as you also write something new. You should set the challenge to whatever will make you a stronger, more professional writer. For some of us that means writing more regularly; for others it means submitting our finished work more consistently; for others learning to resubmit after rejection.

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  27. Stephanie: Thanks for joining in our creative insanity!

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  28. I've got my first story idea. Now I just have to write it.

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  29. I joined in late, but I think I will give this a try. I already sent out submissions in January and February, so I guess I'll just keep going. I'll be doing the monthly one.

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