A little while ago I decided to try and write a short story every week, alongside my other commitments – the new novel, this blog, my full-time job, my family, and, you know, life in general.
Last week was the first week of term, with my youngest going to reception for the first time and my eldest moving up to the junior school. I’ve been overseeing the marketing for The Soul Bazaar, chasing reviews, and following up a few competitions. In addition, there are a few local author events I’m looking to attend. Oh, and I'm about to undertake another management qualification at my place of work.
So yeah, it’s been busy. And yeah, I’m already on the verge of falling behind. Partly because of the hectic week, but also because last week’s short story (The Journal) was far longer than the previous week’s. I’ve not even completed the draft.
So what to do? At one story a week I’ve got enough ideas to keep me writing shorts well into November. So I think The Journal is going to go on the backburner for a while. I’m determined not to fall behind this week so I decided to start afresh. Not only that, but my daughter is now in reception fill time.
New week, new story.
I didn’t set myself a word limit for the challenge, a choice that has had positive (creative freedom) and negative effects. I think moving on to the next story at the end of each week will ensure at least some efficiency in managing the task, regardless of whether the story has been completed or not. I expect that most of them will be. Some will not be as good as I’d imagined them, but such is the way when generating so many ideas. Others will grow into novellas, or at least stretch the definition of what constitutes a short story as far as possible.
As it stands, this week’s story is nearing the end of the first draft, and it’s only Tuesday. It’ll be a feeling of deep satisfaction to have completed the story on time. The next question is what to do with it - submit it to a magazine, or keep it for a future collection of my own? Deciding that will be next week’s challenge.
How about you? Do you write short stories alongside other projects? Do you focus more on short stories than other formats? What do you do with them once they’re completed?
My latest publication is a collection of short horror stories. The Soul Bazaar is available from all good ebook stores, and in paperback via Amazon.