I’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.
||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|