#52stories

#52storiesI’ve had trouble finding a motivational tool for consistent writing. There are always things that get in the way, and I find counting hours or words per day doesn’t work for me. However, thanks to a chance comment by another writer, I got interested in a quote from Ray Bradbury: “Write a short story every week. It’s not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row.”

There have been times when I wrote a story a day and felt pretty good about them. A story a week seems feasible. It gives enough wiggle room that I can not write on a bad or busy day, but is tight enough that I won’t forget about it altogether.

I decided to give it a try, and keep a clear record. It may be that this ends ignominiously after a month. Maybe I’ll make it the whole year. In any case, two weeks in, it’s proven a good motivator – I’m already a week ahead!

Whether the stories are or will be any good is another question, but the best way to write better is to write more.

Story #
Due date Date done Title Words
01 07-Jul-16 03 Jul 16 Gods in Reduced Circumstances 1,900
02 14-Jul-16 11 Jul 16 Like Days Spent Waiting on Dense Sand 3,900
03 21-Jul-16 12 Jul 16 Voter Fraught 5,300
04 28-Jul-16 14 Jul 16 That Lonesome, Restless Feeling 4,100
05 04-Aug-16 26 Jul 16 Goatway Drug 9,608
06 11-Aug-16 13 Aug 16 Memory and Faded Ink 2,400
07 18-Aug-16 19 Aug 16 Furnace 7,200
08 25-Aug-16 23 Aug 16 A Small Bag Packed 2,700
09 01-Sep-16 02 Sep 16 Shift 1,375
10 08-Sep-16 05 Sep 16 Fatherhood 3,125
11 15-Sep-16 18 Sep 16 Roller 12,500
12 22-Sep-16 02 Oct 16 In the Thick of Time 1,880
13 29-Sep-16 08 Oct 16 He Don’t Love Nobody 3,180
14 06-Oct-16 23 Oct 16 Tumbler 5,560
15 13-Oct-16 20 Nov 16 The Plural of Die 6,550
16 20-Oct-16 3 Dec 16 Cupernicity 16,000
17 27-Oct-16
18 03-Nov-16
19 10-Nov-16
20 17-Nov-16
21 24-Nov-16
22 01-Dec-16
23 08-Dec-16
24 15-Dec-16
25 22-Dec-16
26 29-Dec-16
Halfway!
27 05-Jan-17
28 12-Jan-17
29 19-Jan-17
30 26-Jan-17
31 02-Feb-17
32 09-Feb-17
33 16-Feb-17
34 23-Feb-17
35 02-Mar-17
36 09-Mar-17
37 16-Mar-17
38 23-Mar-17
39 30-Mar-17
40 06-Apr-17
41 13-Apr-17
42 20-Apr-17
43 27-Apr-17
44 04-May-17
45 11-May-17
46 18-May-17
47 25-May-17
48 01-Jun-17
49 08-Jun-17
50 15-Jun-17
51 22-Jun-17
52 29-Jun-17

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