Last year was the first time I participated in Story A Day and it was so much fun! Exhausting, sometimes mind draining, but definitely fun. So this year I’m back. Last year I wasn’t working on anything in particular so I was free to spend all day working on each short story. But this year it’s a bit different. I’m plowing through my Write1Sub1 novel, and I would also like to be doing a monthly Write1Sub1 . (That second one isn’t going as well as I’d like.)
But back to Story a Day. If you’d like a little story about how it came about, read this post. And while you’re there, look around the site and get a feel for the place. There are forums and groups. Fearless leader Julie puts up prompts each day which you can use, or not, it’s all up to you.
This year I’m again planning on doing Monday through Friday. Weekends off! And I’m also limiting myself to 500 word stories. Most will probably be shorter. So expect to see lots of them showing up here on the blog. I’ve even set up a special page just for them so if you miss any it’s not problem to catch up with my special insanity.
Not getting enough writing done? Need some fun prompts to kick start your brain? Then come on and join us! In 31 days you’ll have oodles of stories to work with, and then you can head over to W1S1 and get inspired to edit and submit them!
Follow me now: Write, edit, submit, repeat.
Here it is. My public declaration of my November intentions.
1. Win NaNoWriMo
2. Post on the G+ No Na-No Flash Fiction Project at least two times a week
3. Update my word counts here at least four times a week
4. Prepare at least one fun NaNo lesson/activity for weekly YWP Write-In
5. Update my progress on Absolute Write W1S1 Novel Hub at least once a week
And now to get to it!
Every year thousands of us begin NaNo with the greatest of intentions. We’re going to write a novel. Okay, we’re going to get the first draft of what could sometime become a novel done. Also every year we have inspiring stories of people who have taken their NaNo stories and done something with them. Woo-hoo publication land!
I know many people write just to know that they can get the story out of their mind and onto the paper. That’s where I was last year. But what about if you want to get somewhere and need a community to help push you along?
Let me introduce you to the Write1 Sub1 blog. It’s a group inspired by Ray Bradbury and founded around the idea that once you write (and edit) then you have to take the risk to get it out the door. This year a lot of talented people have pushed themselves for weekly or monthly goals. It’s amazing seeing what others have been doing and pushing myself to be more productive.
The group checks in at the blog but chatters over on the Absolute Write forums. Along the way on the forums someone suggested adding a year long novel challenge to the group. So come November 1 we start!
So far we have 50 people who will cajole and console each other along through this next year. If you’re starting with NaNo, already working on something, or have plans for several novels this year come and join us.
Some have highly detailed plans and some of us just know we want to get it done. I’m in that second group. I know that being with this group will help hold my feet to the fire to keep working. And if I don’t succeed, they’ll be there with comforting words.
So come and join us as we kickoff our inaugural W1S1 novel year with NaNoWriMo and aim to finish with a novel! The “official” Novel sign up thread is on the Absolute Write Forums.
Come on in, sign up for Absolute Write, and prepare yourself for a year long novel writing challenge with inspiring and motivating people!
Nov 5 update – we’ve added a Novel discussion hub on the AW forums and we have a new badge. We’re getting very organized.
Yep, I’ve changed my badges over there on the right hand side. NaNo is coming soon and I had to move on from the glory of last year’s win.
It also feels like time for a mid-October progress check.
October openings/deadlines –
4 pieces to start month. Dumped 1 because I apparently cannot write dragon stories – yet. Finished 1 but didn’t send to the market I originally wrote it for. Does anyone else do that? Currently – 2 still to finish. 1 going well one not so much.
November openings/deadlines –
1 piece (I was careful not to put things on my list!) – Second draft completed, edits needed.
December openings/deadlines –
2 pieces – For 1 market will pick from some existing pieces. 1 is in progress and relates to my novel.
W1S1 Goals –
I’ve switched to the Monthly side of things and have already written and subbed 1 this month. Also the Year Long Novel challenge starts in November. And yes that was deliberate. Thanks Moderators! Feeling on top of things here.
NaNoWriMo Prep –
Not so much as I’d like. I know I’ll be working in the Thin Places world I’ve been generally organizing all year and also where I’ve written some shorts. Just not quite sure where to jump in. The story line in my head is about 12,000 years long but I know that a lot of that is backstory and fodder for shorts. I may take several jumps along the time line a bit for November. We’ll see.
So, the good the bad and the truly ugly come out. The month started with only 1 item subbed, I’ve added 2, and will add 1-2 more before the end of the month. Getting there. Plus several items that need to get turned back around.
It’s a big change from a year ago. Back then I would mumble about starting to write and hesitant to call myself a writer. Now my friends aren’t surprised to find me huddled at the netbook with earplugs in and tell me how proud they are of my big plunge.
That’s my scorecard for the month so far. Anyone else care to share?
My summer companions
I had such grand plans for summer. My reading list was picked out and I started with the W1S1 group. I was going to get so much reading and writing done!
So now it’s Labor Day and well, yep, summer’s over. So moving on to autumn!
On the writing side my StoryA Day piece received an Honorable Mention in the competition Julie put together for us all at the end of May. Thank you Julie! I’ve since gutted and tightened up the piece. Amazing how different the story looked after being away from it for a few months.
I loved the idea of CampNaNo and valiantly tried to do it but found I was more in a short story mode. So we’ll put that in the semi-failure category. In July I really was getting words down – just not in a novel.
My girls took up most of my non-writing time. Between 4-H, beach days, pool time, dance, and volunteering at the library life was never dull. Did you see the pelicans at the top of this post? I took that at the local lake, in Colorado, where we also have a swim beach. Very fun!
Must go make a daily schedule. School work to do, places to take the girls, Nutcracker rehearsals starting next weekend (yes – in September), bunch of shorts to finish, and NaNo to plan for…