A story a month challenge

Short story a Month Challenge

It’s been a while since I posted on this blog, but my hope is to get back into sharing my writer’s journey. I’ve been helping to take care of my elderly parents. Between trips to doctor appointments, taking on adulting tasks, and enduring the parental relationships changing as they do when the child becomes the adult, well, let’s just say, it’s not easy. 

Currently, I’m enjoying the challenge of writing a short story each month. Not that I  plan on having full stories. I don’t need that kind of pressure. If anything, I want writing to be more creative fun for me instead of work.

Last December I jotted down some ideas for stories. Some ideas are not entirely flushed out, that’s why I don’t expect to finish it, but I’ll have the skeleton of a story worked on. Heck, I might work through the plot while I write. Either way, I’m writing more now than I did before.

I’m also focused on writing for myself, to just enjoy storytelling. Sometimes writing towards publication turns writing into work. It sucks out all the fun and creativity from the process. I want to get back into writing as a fun pastime.

Some tips I can offer with this challenge include:

  • Embrace the challenge of writing a short story each month. Short stories are generally up to 10,000 words, or less. For zealous writers, you can easily do this in addition to other projects.
  • Work on a different story each month, even if you don’t finish the story. The focus here is to get 12 ideas written through the year.
  • Use prompts to spark some ideas for stories. I have a Pinterest Board with prompts for myself.
  • Enjoy yourself. The challenge is for you and your writing. You don’t need to share or publish what you write.

I’ll post monthly of my process. If you join this, post in comments. I’d be very interested in hearing your journey.

 

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