I have had the most crazy, disorganized and upended fall that I could have imagined. It does not surprise me that my last post was in August.
But productive? Yes. I have managed to continue to write a flash every week and work every single day on my writing. Now that I have over 100 flash pieces (although many are unfinished or not really good enough to polish up) I have lots of potential stories. Even the unfinished and blah stories each have the germ of something. So my upcoming goals include making a concerted effort to get those stories in salable shape. It can be done!
I’ve sorted all of them on a spreadsheet, where I’ve jotted notes about Theme, Character Change, Target word count etcetera- and whether the story needs a lot of work or just a polish. Hopefully that will help me pinpoint the best story to work on for the day. I’ve submitted a couple of pieces since doing this, and feel very positive.
That is so awesome that you’ve been writing a flash a week! I have to say I miss the motivation of the NYCM contests. I keep telling myself I’m going to polish up some of my old pieces and send them out, but I never seem to get around to it. Hoping to see some of your stories published soon!
Thanks, Jocelyn! Have you checked out the W1S1 group? They challenge themselves to be like Ray Bradbury, and write one story a week and sub one story a week.
They’ll start up again January 1. I managed to stick with it til week 34. Next year I’m going to try for the whole year!