Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Why I Write1Sub1

Simon Kewin here, your Write1Sub1 editor and moderator for July.

Why write short stories? Why sit down and try to write a new one every month - or even every week? And why involve Write1Sub1 in the process?

I guess we'll all have different answers to those questions. I've been a part of Write1Sub1 since it started, way back in the mists of 2011, and I've had various motivations for staying with the program since then:

  • The sense of community. When the rejections roll in it's easy to get downhearted. A community like Write1Sub1 helps me realise a lot of people are going through the same thing. At the same time there are the success stories to act as inspiration - or to goad me into action. I'll admit hearing about others getting published in this or that market often makes me determined to do exactly the same...
  • I write novels, but life is too short to write all the books I'd like to write, unless some major technological advances kick in real soon. Short fiction is a way to explore some of those ideas.
  • Short or flash stories can be written quickly. More than once I've drafted and polished a short piece in one day. Which is immensely satisfying, especially if you're half-way through a 100K epic novel...
  • I love the short story form. A well-crafted short piece is a beautiful thing in and of itself, polished and perfect.

I'm sure you have your own reasons, too. And why Write1Sub1? I think for me, the key is a sort of creative self-deception. I could write and sub a new story each month without being involved here. But somehow, making the commitment to Write1Sub1 helps me. Sure, I know nothing bad will happen if I miss my monthly target. The other admins aren't going to come round my house carrying sticks (for one thing, they're all on the other side of the Atlantic from me). But, still, by giving myself this target I'm motivated to meet it. I don't know why; it's just the way the brain works. Mine at least. More than once I've thought I have to write something this month because of that darned Write1Sub1 - and ended up producing something I'm really proud of...

So, I'm going to stick with the program. What about you? Any other reasons for being here?

7 comments:

  1. I have not written any thing on Write 1 Sub 1. One of these days I shall take the help of this program and after writing send you guys the material. Thanks for the interesting reason to follow this blog and the program.

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    1. Write and submit by all means - but submit to the magazines and other markets who can publish your stuff. See the Market Research page on our blog for good places to try.

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  2. Yes,mainly motivation and sense of community plus you can't beat a good challenge!

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    1. Excellent - it help to know others are fighting the same battle, doesn't it?

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  3. The self-imposed deadline works for me too. Someday I might be crazy enough to attempt the weekly challenge again, but for now the monthly strikes a good balance with other projects in the works.

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    1. Yes, one day I'll go weekly again. Maybe when I retire!

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  4. I like seeing what everyone's up to. I love hearing about good news. So it's the community for me.

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