I Should Have Set This Up From January 1st…
I started off the year with the challenge to write a short story per day for the entire year. I did fine for three months until the very issue I had been worried about before I started finally caught up with me.
I wrote some stories through the summer, but back at my normal pace of about 50 new short stories per year.
I was going to do 100 stories in the last 100 days, but the day before I was to start that, Kris and I were talking and I said, “I can’t figure out why my critical voice is beating up on me so much on this challenge. I never have this issue.”
She asked me what kept coming up and I said, “I would rather be writing a bunch of novels instead right now.”
“So,” she said, “it’s not your critical voice that is trying to stop you, it is your creative voice wanting to do something else.”
So I decided to do a bunch of novels instead and all fight against the challenge has stopped and I’m excited to get going. Hate it when Kris is right. (grin)
So new challenge, starting October 1st, is two novels a month for the last three months of the year. I really wished I would have started off with three months of short stories, three months of novels, three months of short stories, three months of novels. But was not that smart last December to figure that out. Sigh… Maybe in 2023.
My novels are around 50,000 words, so that is 100,000 words a month. Divided by 30 days is about 3,300 words a day. (A bunch of my short stories per day were longer than that.)
3,300 words a day is about three hours for me. Some days that will be tough, other days I will be able to write for six or more hours. So it all should work out.
So two challenges for October/November/December… Put together 18 collections based on the topics of the collection classes and write six novels. None of this will be published this year, but I will keep you up on the covers right here and how the challenges are going. And when it will all be published.
Also going to do three issues of Smith’s Monthly, one issue of Pulphouse Fiction Magazine, put together Writers of the Future volume #39, build and run two more Kickstarter campaigns, do all the workshops and special workshops, and run about eleven 5K charity runs. Oh, yeah, and do a blog every day.
Going to be a fun fall.