Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Bradbury Bytes

(Ray Bradbury)
For me, it's usually the fifth time I rework a line or the third time I poke at an idea or the seventh (okay, seventeenth!) draft where I hit gold, where I come upon the "quality." 

We all know the saying "practice makes perfect," right? Well, I've learned there's no such thing as perfect; there is, however, better. And, as W1S1 2011 comes to a close, I know for a fact that my writing has gotten better. It took writing more to get to writing better. And a huge part of that is due to W1S1.

Has your writing improved this year? Has your confidence in your writing grown? What, if anything, will you do differently for W1S1 2012?  


  1. I hope to participate in next years. :)

  2. I'm not sure if my writing overall has improved, but I know I've produced MORE quality stories because of W1S1. Otherwise, I might have focused on my novels.

    As for my confidence... that's a rollercoaster ride. I've so had many close calls on the same stories that it's made me want to scream sometimes.

    For 2012, I want to push myself to get more poems out. They get last priority. I think I want to produce a new story and at least a new poem every month.

  3. Gosh. Quality is so difficult. Writing a lot really helps. But then, what?

    I can do quantity. I'm interested in quality.

  4. A fine post, Madeline -- and it'll be great to have you aboard, Summer!

    I've noticed a definite increase in quality this year, and I owe it all to the pressure of writing and submitting a new tale every week.

    I never would have sold a story to Daily Science Fiction or Shimmer without W1S1. I came close last year, but the constant writing this year has kept me in the zone.

    Next year? I'll be dropping to monthly and writing a chapter or more a week of my novel-length projects. And I can't wait!

  5. I think part of it is that the more you write, the better able you are to recognize quality in your own work. I find it (somewhat!) easier to see what works or what doesn't, and why. Now, being able to fix it is another story... :)

  6. A resounding yes for me. While I could always turn a phrase, now I find myself writing effectively without straining to do so. Through repetition (of failure as well as success) I have learned to focus less on the process of writing and more on the point of it. Thanks W1S1 for the framework and encouragement to get me through the year.

  7. I think my writing has improved this year by studying the stories of writers I admire.

    For 2012, I hope to improve further with W1S1--it will be my first year. Though I'm nervous about a weekly output because I'm in the middle of a novel and a novella, I still think it would be good to push myself that much more.

    According to my nerdy calculations, if I increase my writing by 500 words a day, I'll be able to write one story a week, plus finish my two books. Unless occupy Portland travels up the west side, I should be able to do that.

  8. I think I really hit my stylistic groove this year, though my W1S1 plans kinda fell through because I've only subbed 3 stories. (1 win, 1 fail, 1 undetermined)


    3 is more than I had last year, or the year before that I think so.

    What I'm going to do differently? I'm going to finish the challenge, designate the first week of every month to the creation of a new story. Oh, the plans. ;)

  9. First week of the month sounds good to me, too. That'll give us plenty of time to tinker.

  10. And congrats, Milo, on selling those stories - there is nothing more satisfying than seeing progress. :)

    I'm taking everyone's successes with W1S1 and saying "it'll happen...just keep writing!"