Under the influence of W1S1, 2011 was my most successful year for short fiction and poetry. By a looong way. Maybe I shouldn't need a voluntary scheme to goad me along, but the fact is it helps. It really helps. There were weeks when I felt utterly uninspired but sat down and wrote anyway because I had to come up with something. And the weird thing is, that was when I produced some of my best stuff. You just have to start. You never know where it's going to take you.
Was W1S1 2011 a success? In twenty years prior, I published three stories. In 2011, I published 35, excluding twitter fic. Twelve paid sales (five at pro rates), and a Best of Net nomination. What was different? I wrote more stories. I wrote more often. I wrote diligently. I wrote on schedule. I wrote when I didn't feel like writing. My work got better. Oh, and I submitted religiously too. That's the other half of the equation. Will this process work for you? Only one way to find out. Join us for W1S1 2012!
I didn't succeed throughout all of 2011. Yes, that's right, I failed. I signed up for the monthly challenge and missed a few due to various complications and my own procrastination. Guilty. As. Charged.
But in 2012, I plan to fail better. In fact, I'm giving myself permission to fail right now. I'm going to write, submit, lock-and-load baby, and I will eventually fail. Because I'm human. Because that's life. So long as I pick myself back up and reload, I haven't really failed. I've failed better. Will you fail better with me?