I’ll be honest. I like blogging but at times have a hard time figuring out what to blog about, as I prefer to keep my private life, um, private. Plus, if I’m on a writing roll, all the wordcount goes to the writing project.
Technically that’s a good thing. More words on writing projects is what this is all about.
“The E-Book Experiment” gave me a nice series to help with subjects for blog articles. I learned a lot about my personal writing methods along the way, because I had to articulate how and why I use the steps and methods I do. Plus all the research that went into making the decisions for the Salmon Run series. I have more posts in that series to finish up and publish, but in the meantime…
Forward Motion has a May month-long short story challenge called “Story-A- Day.” The rules are simple: the short stories must be a complete story and at least 500 words. The inspiration must come from a list of idea prompt generators (links in the post), although every 3rd story can be written without a prompt.
The levels are below:
1. Apprentice Level: 10 stories (AKA ‘I have a life’ level)
2. Journeyman Level: 15 stories (‘I don’t have much of a life’ level)
3. Master Level: 20 stories (‘I have no life’ level)
4. Insane Level: 31 stories — The real story a day! (‘I have a time machine and know how to use it’ level)
I have some short stories I need to write. Some are already plotted out. Some I have a sneaking suspicion might be a novelette (7500-17500 words). Included among them are three sequels to “Glint of a Suncatcher.”
The minimum level in the challenge is 10 short stories. Hmm. I might be able to make that, depending how long each of the stories end up. I think it’s a worthy goal to try, and it will be helpful in completing more product to add to my backlist. And using the generators might inspire some totally new short stories. I’m not adverse to that, either!
So, for the month of May there are two goals: Write everyday on the short story challenges, and to post the resulting daily wordcount to the blog as well as the total short story tally.
Wow, a blog a day for one month.
We’ll see if I survive!
By the way, everyone is welcome to join me in the fun and are welcome to post their wordcount in the comments area. Or, join in the insanity? Yeah, insanity might be a better description.