I’ve been in a rut recently. I said I’d try to write 40,000 words this month for Camp NaNoWriMo and I only lasted a few days, and a little over 6,000 words. Before that I kept having ideas but never got far in writing them. Whatever I’ve tried hasn’t worked. I suspect it’s a confidence issue; I never wrote so much as when I believed in myself and my story, and at the moment, frankly, I don’t. I tell myself that what I write, as a first draft, doesn’t need to be good, but I know that’s a tacit acceptance that it isn’t good.
And I’ve neglected this blog too – infrequent posts, no advice (since I don’t feel qualified to give any) and I’ve been checking my stats less too.
So I’m trying something new, again. It’s less ambitious than other attempt to stimulate my writing. It is simply this: the one-hour story.
Every night for the next week, starting this evening, I will sit down at 9pm and write a story, which I will then post here on my blog a minute or two after 10pm. I’ll have up to five minutes at the start to search for prompts online, and ten minutes at the end to fix errors and make any changes I want, with 45 minutes in between of just writing, anything I come up with.
The aim it to create seven short stories of around the 300 to 600 word mark, with beginning, middle and end, and to publish them without reserve and without giving myself time to linger or agonise over them.
I’d appreciate feedback on these stories if anyone is interested. A new perspective is useful in learning new lessons and making progress. I want to build confidence in myself and my writing, so a positive, building-up tone would be appreciated if you do give criticism. And I want to develop better discipline. I also hope that this will give me a few new ideas that I could go on to explore in more depth later on.
So that’s the plan: seven stories across the next week, written in an hour and posted here on my blog immediately afterwards.
If anyone wants to join me in my endeavour, I’m using the tag “one hour stories” or on Twitter, #onehourstories for it, and you are welcome to post a link to your blog or wherever else you’re posting your one hour stories in the comments. Hell, if a lot of people join me I’ll do a wrap-up post with links.