I have a confession to make. I'm sort of a free spirit when it comes to this Write 1, Sub 1 thing. I keep track of what I write and what I submit, of course, but I'm not one for detailed logs. I may not have met my goal of a story a week last month.
But what I have done is write. And write. Then write some more. I wrote more new stories in June than I had in all previous months of the year. Sure, I'm brand new to W1S1, but that's just the point, isn't it? This challenge *works*.
So maybe I'm a W1S1 rule breaker. But I'll tell you something: I'm writing and submitting and doing it all at a much faster rate than I ever have before. My internal editor—that nagging voice that tells me nothing I write is ever good enough—shuts down and leaves the words alone until I get them on the page because I have a goal. I may never know exactly when a story is "done" but I know when to let it go. For better or for worse.
To me, W1S1 is common sense. And that's the beauty of it. It gives us a place to gather to share our hardships and victories (and even the day-to-day slog) with people who know our pain and triumph. It's a place to share the experience of being a writer and more than anything else, it holds us accountable. And a little prodding in the ribs is what we writerly folk need to go from thinking about being writers to sitting down and clacking away at the keyboard until something new appears on the page. That act—forming something from nothing—is made of magic. And I look forward to committing magical acts for the rest of the year with you all.
Brenda Stokes Barron