Half a loaf is better than none
Well, story #5 is only half done. At this rate, I’m averaging more like a story in two weeks. Not as exciting as a story a week, but if this is a sustainable pace, I’m happy with that. It’s still infinity times faster than I was finishing stories last year.
Like the saying says, Half a loaf is better than none. And having comforted myself with that thought, I better go finish the current story.
A pond I like to visit during Readercon
I only stayed up until 12:30 last night finishing story #4. So I suppose that’s progress. But I’m still a week behind. And I still want to write two flash stories in a week to get caught up. Anyway, this one is called “For We So Love The Worlds”, 700 words about a soul working up the courage to be born. It takes place in the same universe as story #3, and there is a connection between them, but it’s not exactly a sequel.
There’s a pool in the story which doesn’t look anything like the pond in this photo, but it’s a pool of imagination, so I don’t have a picture. I like to visit the real pond during Readercon, which is a great con for writers, so I think this is an appropriate enough image to represent story #4 in the story a week challenge. Or something.
Sunflower seed head still has some left for the birds.
Last fall, I cut down all the volunteer sunflowers that had grown in my community garden plot, and brought them home. I propped them at the top of the backyard, hoping the birds would appreciate them. This morning, I finally saw that they do! A few chickadees were picking on the sunflower heads. It’s nice to see a natural food source work out.
By the way, you may have noticed that I’ve been tweaking a few things around the edges on this blog. I’ve returned to the original name, “Writing Every Day”. Since I’ve taken up the challenge to write a story a week, I will blog about my writing. This will continue to be the place where I write about whatever else interests me, such as reading, cooking, and gardening. With one big exception: bees!
I’ve launched a new blog about bees, “Native Bee Ranching.” This is where I discuss why bees are important, how they live, and what you can do for them. So if you’ve enjoyed my previous writings about bees, especially the native bees, I hope you’ll check it out.
A hazy Moon shines over a story that mostly takes place at night
Well, I made good progress most days last week. The best day was one where I actually started writing in the morning. Even so I still stayed up until 5 a.m. last night to finish story #3. This A Story A Week challenge is giving me serious sleep deprivation. Now I need to write two flash stories to catch up this week. And I really need to write in the mornings more.
This is the first story that’s more in my usual vein of fantasy. It’s 4200 words about a wizard who refuses to accept that her teacher died defeating their greatest enemy. Current title: “Do Not Go Gentle.”
I used as inspiration a dream I had some time ago. Very little in the dream made it into the story. Just for laughs, here it is.
I didn’t finish story #3 last night either. If I keep up the pace of the last few days, it’s going to take me a couple more days to finish it. Which doesn’t leave a whole lot of time to write a fourth story by Sunday night.
I have decided that finishing what I start is more important than having a full week to write story #4. Story #4 will have to be a flash piece of some sort.
What about you? Have you ever tried to write a story a week? What did you do when you started to fall behind?
Obvious symbol of a seed putting out first leaves representing stories taking shape.
Story number three did not cooperate with the plan. I thought I had half a chance of finishing it last night, but the middle was still too sketchy, so I’ve only got half a story. On the plus side, I think this one is a real story, a moody fantasy about gods and dark magic. I just need to keep pushing through and finish it.
After I picked a bit of flash to finish, I kept thinking I’d clean it up by Saturday night. Then I made the mistake of thinking there needed to be more to the concept, but the more I tried to extend it, the less I liked it. It got so bad, I started to wonder if Ray Bradbury was wrong when he said, “Write a short story every week. It’s not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row.”
After thrashing all week with the story I have been fighting with all last year, I finally set out to write something new last night. Wouldn’t want to flub my resolution in the very first week now, would I? It still took me a while to settle in and face up to the prospect of having no idea what I was about to write. Finally I chose a prompt: “Write about something sticky.” Slowly I established the old rhythm: stare into space, write another burst, stare into space. By the time I decided how it was going to end, the story started to look pretty stupid. Uh oh. Should I give it up?
Since my biggest weakness is finishing things, I’m making it my goal to complete the first draft of a new short story a week, for at least a month. I will post how I’m doing each Sunday. Hopefully, this means I’ll be creating a flurry of weird flash fiction. I can’t guarantee that no space squid will be harmed.
Do you have a writing-related NYR?
Here it is: my first tomato of the year!
Good old Better Bush tomato!
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