Last year, August 16th, 2015 to be precise, I made the following post The Magnificent Seven Challenge. The idea was simple. Write seven short stories, submit them, and track the whole process.
I failed miserably. My writing output has been hovering between zero and nothing. Depressing situation. Quite miserable. Demotivating. Deplorable. Dastardly. Unexcusable!
But things are different now! Yes. I decided that I can no longer afford to stall. I buckled down, took a deep breath, and put thought to paper. I finished, edited, and submitted my first(I’m not counting my WotF submission) short story.
Tomorrow I will start on the next piece and eagerly await my first rejection.
The Challenge so far:
The Birthday Party – SciFi 3,000 words – submitted
Challenges, I love challenges! I find it fun and motivating to set a goal and hold myself to it as much as possible. Weightlifting challenges, fitness challenges, reading challenges, hiking challenges, the whole idea of setting a bar and trying to get over it is a great way to accomplish goals. Many years ago I came across the NaNoWriMo month challenge and thought it was a great idea to get motivated. Unfortunately, the month-long format does not work for my lifestyle and November has been a really busy month for me throughout the years.
So in order to motivate myself to write more, finish more, and send out completed works I decided to invent my own personal challenge. The Magnificent Seven Challenge!
Write Seven completely edited short stories.
Send them out for publication.
Track the whole process on this blog keeping track of word count and submitting status.
Why short stories? Well, I have so many ideas floating around in my head waiting to be put down on paper and I feel that giving a voice to some of them will allow me to grow as a writer. While I am currently putting together research and outlines for my larger project I really want to branch out and explore different genres, styles, and try to shape my voice as a writer. Also, the idea of tracking each story and writing about the process here sounds like a lot of fun to me and hopefully will keep me motivated.
The main goal of this project is to motivate myself to finish all the different writing pieces I start instead of bouncing around from half-finished draft to half finished draft. When the seven stories are complete I should have about 40,000 words written matching the NaNo goal. That alone will be a good amount of practice and should let me explore my writing style. The dream goal, of course, is that one or two of them will ride off into the sunset and get picked up by somebody.