I’ve been working on two novels simultaneously for a long time. When I needed a break, a 30-day challenge fits the bill. If I can’t find a good one, I make up my own. Once, I did a post every day for a year—photos, quotes, stories anything. I just had to post. It helps to focus on things that are related to my field. Keeping the powers of observation sharp. The most recent challenge issued to self: write 30 short stories for 30 days. One thousand to 20,000 words. Obviously, some of them will be real
Obviously, some of them will be real stinko stories, but the idea is to spark imagination and see what I come up with every day. It causes me to be more observant, discreetly eavesdrop on conversations (who knows, maybe I’m listening to you!) and watching the reactions and nuances of people in various circumstances.I’d rather try and fail than not try. How do I know what I’m capable of if I don’t make the effort? I allow myself three latitude days due to standing appointments. Sometimes, I write more than one story in a day. I’m happy to announce I managed to get 30 in 30. My husband and I celebrated the accomplishment.
I’m happy to announce I managed to get 30 in 30. My husband and I celebrated the accomplishment. They’re not all highly polished stories ready to send out (yet) but I’ve got seedlings to grow. Because they’re designed to be brief, this kick starts my goal of sending out short stories this year. It’s only March. By December, I plan to have all the good ones out in the world being read by someone. Maybe, I’ll attempt another 30-day challenge. Who knows, maybe you will join me!
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