So today we’re supposed to be reflecting back on what six months of weekly short story writing has been like. It doesn’t really seem like it’s been six months and 23 short stories since with started Merry Sisters of Fate. But it has! And here’s what I’ve learned
- when Maggie’s novel-writing is happy, everyone is happy. Short stories are easier to write when I’m working on the first draft of a novel at the same time. Not so much when Maggie is living in the gray plains of Revisionland.
- Writing your Friday fiction on Friday morning will cause bleeding ulcers but is technically possible if you’ve spent the day before doing something crazy, like taking your grandmother out to lunch, and haven’t had time to write.
- Sometimes you write something awesome and you know it’s awesome . . . but you’re wrong. Sometimes you write crap and you know it’s crap . . . but you’re wrong. When you write something in an hour and chuck it online without any time to look back over it, you can create some of the most wonderful (Trading Voices) and horrible (that awful sleeping beauty vampire one) stuff you’ve ever done.
- Yes, you can write a short story in an hour.
- No, you can’t write a short story in an hour.
- Every story is different.
- Establish the characters’ personalities in the first two paragraphs or you’re royally screwed.
It’s been an incredible experience. Taxing and rewarding and ultimately amazing for my writing. Thanks, y’all, for coming along for the ride so far.