“You get to decide what “every day” means. If you need to take Sundays off, go for it. You make your own rules, but you are encouraged to set them up early, and stick to them!”
I know busy days will happen and life will intervene because that’s life’s job, right? Also, with any creative challenge it’s important to think about how it will serve your goals best.
Here are my cheats, I mean rules:
- Some stories will take more than a day to write. I’m going to try to keep it under three days. This means I’ll be writing some of these stories concurrently. To balance this I expect to be writing some very short fiction on some days.
- I’m going to finish a story every day, my cheat is that I have half a dozen stories that are either unfinished or not working, but that I can’t seem to give up on. I’ve decided that finishing or refurbishing those stories will count. (This is a lame cheat as fixing a broken story is often more work than writing a new one.) Overachiever alert: not only do I want to write 30 stories, I want to clear the decks of the jetsam that’s been adrift in my files for months. Quite possibly I’m delusional.
- Saturday 9/1 #Blackbird a story in 6 tweets. Posted to Twitter.
- Sunday 9/2 – Kith and Kin based on a prompt from Brainstormer, the elements being enmity to kin and insects.
- Monday 9/3 – Naturally a story about a woman and a dog.
- Tuesday 9/4 – The Trumpet and the Ticket Taker from a prompt on Chaotic Shiny: “Write for at least 5 minutes about a financial difficulty, a horn, a vulture, and a backpack.”
- Wednesday 9/5 – The Mausel Dog based on a prompt from Cat Rambo. It’s about 4,000 words long. (I’m supposed to be turning these prompts into flash fiction, i.e. around 1,000 words. Total failure so far on that count.)