I'm leaving a job I've had for almost 10 years and starting a brand new adventure. The kids are both in school in some form or fashion and the papers that return to my house at the end of the day are at epic levels. I am overwhelmed by appointments and such.
Still, writing is always on my heart and on my mind. If you write, you completely understand this nagging obsession. This love/hate relationship with yourself as a writer. Thinking about writing all day long only to sit down at the end of the day and be too tired and too overwhelmed to start.
I am doing a lot of reading about writing fiction and crafting stories. I read a quote the other day that stuck with me. It basically said you can learn more about story structure from writing 20 short stories than from writing one novel.
I've thought about that for several days.
I have a never ending list of "started stories" and the idea of committing to one is something I just avoid. It's kind of why I'm a fan of the personal essay. I can start and finish one in about an hour on a weeknight while watching Netflix.
So I'm issuing a challenge to myself (and to anyone else who is interested, please join me). I am going to challenge myself to writing four short stories (1500 + words) in the month of September. That's a story a week.
The plan is this: Take four of my favorite ideas and develop them into a short story. I may find ideas that I want to explore further or I may find that all of my ideas belong in the circular file.
I may post them here…I may not. :)
So the gauntlet has been thrown...who's in? September 1 is our start date.
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