Sounds interesting, I thought, and headed over to the blog to check it out. And was immediately bitten by the W1S1 bug.
For various reasons 2010 was an awful writing year for me. I managed one complete short story--which was an ugly thing to read--and nothing else. To contrast, in 2009 I wrote a dozen short stories and two novels.
The stories were still there in my head, clamoring to be told, but writing them had become an exercise in frustration.
When I read through the W1S1 blog, however, it was like a circuit had been reconnected. Whereas previously there’d been a dull resignation when I thought I should be writing, now there was a scorching enthusiasm to sit down and craft beautiful things made of words.
Which may seem like a strange reaction, given that W1S1 is a deadline-oriented challenge, and surely putting pressure on myself to write stories wouldn’t help me rediscover the enjoyment I’d been missing.
But it has helped, most definitely. It’s not just the challenge, it’s also the community. Knowing there are other writers persevering towards similar goals on similar schedules, and being able to share encouragement and commiseration with them, is a huge thing.
So far this year I’ve written eight fresh stories. One of those stories has sold, and the rest are dressed to their best, visiting all the markets they can until somebody offers them a home.
Without W1S1 I doubt any of those would’ve been written. So thanks, W1S1!
(Also, a special thanks to all the awesome writers who hang out in the Write 1/Sub 1 subforum at Absolute Write. Youse peeps rock!)