…To Start My Challenge…
For those of you new here or not following my trying to make a decision on a new challenge for 2022 all those weeks ago, here is what I decided to do in shorthand.
— I will write a new short story per day every day of the year in 2022.
— I will blog at least once a week, maybe twice a week about the stories being written and the days of writing.
— I will do a cover for every short story as I go along and show it to you.
— Each month the stories and the blogs and the covers will be put in a book called “Short Stories from…” First one will be January and so on. The first one (Short Stories from January) will be published in March and then every month for 12 months after that.
— I will write an original novel every month as well.
— I will continue to publish my magazine Smith’s Monthly every month.
That’s the challenge. 365 short stories and 12 novels. Including my blogs and introductions to books and such, that will end up around 2 million or so consumable words in the year.
To get ready and up to speed the last few days of the year, I’m first clearing out all stuff I am behind on, recording a number of workshops, and I’m going to write a couple of short stories this week just to get the feel of doing them again.
I have my tracking system in place and my back-up systems in place and ready to roll. I have my title generating sheets as well beside my writing computer.
And I have three times rechecked the time I seem to think I have every day to write that I am filling right now with other stuff. (Honestly, that’s the scary part.)
I am seven pounds down from four weeks ago, hope to lose more. Got my eating and exercise back totally under control. Critical for a writing challenge because some nights I will be short of sleep. (Nature of the beast for something like this.)
I will be revamping my Patreon page and will add in a way for those who want to read my “raw” stories every day to do so. (Raw meaning not copyedited, just finished as it came from my computer. Numbers of writers seem to want to do that.) Also levels to get Smith’s Monthly and also the Short Stories From… books and also each new novel every month. I will announce here later this week when I have that done and those of you who have been supporting this blog and not getting anything extra, I have some fun stuff for all of you before the switch-over.
So almost ready.
One day at a time for this challenge. I know I will get behind some days and ahead other days. I’m going to make each month a mini-challenge inside the big challenge.
I have no idea what will happen. A year is a long time, but I have zero doubt that it will be fun no matter what. Stay tuned.