Posted in Exercises, Stories

Setting Up a Challenge

With the last few days of March approaching, I’ve been looking towards things I want to do for April. Because I have a tendency to get distracted by new ideas, I’m trying to limit myself to three new project months a year. That should be April, July and November. These nicely sync up with the usual NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo events. Over the last couple of months however, I noticed that while I have a several ideas for larger works, I don’t have too many for shorter ones.

So, for April, I decided I wanted to challenge myself (of course, you are more than welcome and heartily invited to participate as well). For April, I want to try and write thirty short stories.

‘Short story’ tends to be a broad spectrum. From hundred words drabbles to a ten thousand word exploration, there’s a lot of ground to cover in ‘short story’. That’s part of why I find the idea so appealing. It’s a good way to explore new characters and ideas and to get other ideas moving and working.

On the other hand, that broad of an interpretation leaves me open to falling behind if I end up stuck on a short story that does end up being ten thousand words.

To keep myself from getting mired in a pit of a longer story, I’ve decided on two requirements:

  1. Write a total of 30 short stories by April 30th
  2. Shorts should not exceed 5,000.

That still leaves plenty of space to get everything done, if say I have a bad writing day and don’t manage to get anything written. I have a chance to catch up on the next good day if I can instead write two flash pieces or a couple of drabbles.

Just in case I get stuck, I’ve also come up with thirty lists of between three and seven words to help spark something should I need to. The idea is that if I don’t have any ideas already, I should challenge myself to write a story including all of the words on that day’s list. If you want to check out the list of words, you can do so here: 30DayShortsApril2020.

Are you up for a challenge?

Posted in General

April Recap

With April closing out also means the close out of Camp NaNoWriMo. Although I didn’t participate officially in it this month, I still wanted to take April as an opportunity to get some work done on editing. More specifically, I wanted to get started on the first round of edits for Hero Stones.

While I’d wanted to get through the first three, I only ended up going through the first two, owing partially to the fact I’m reshuffling a few events to make the stories over all stronger. That meant there were entire sections to rewrite and others that needed to be put together in a better order. Although I didn’t get as far as I’d have liked, I’m still happy with the progress I did make. Despite that, I don’t think I’ll have Hero Stones as the main project for May.

Although my main project for May is still up in the air, there’s definitely a couple of things I want to get done, starting with finishing up the conflict series, and a post on fantasy maps.

How was your April?