February 29th, 2008

bust a move

70 Days of Sweat

I'm going to do the 70 Days of Sweat writing challenge that starts tomorrow, because I was planning to start writing 1,000 words a day anyway, after reading From Idea to Story in 90 Seconds, so why not do that and post my progress for a bunch of other writers who are doing roughly the same thing?

Writing 1,000 words of fiction is not really that difficult when I have a general idea of where the fiction is going for the day, especially now that I'm writing rougher drafts for speed, with the plan to let my left brain throw an editing party later. I believe that this approach will work. I've learned that I can revise, and that practice is good. Teaching myself to consistently produce a certain amount of words is also good. I like to pre-plan a story to a point, and then allow for some spontaneous creation as I write. I think. This is what I like now, anyway, and it may change over time.

I'm not going to write a draft of a novel during the challenge, though. I'm determined to learn how to write short stories well, so I'm going to write as many stories as I can during the challenge, aiming for about 5,000 words per story (flexible, of course, depending on the needs of each story).

And now my beer is over, and it's time to walk away from the computer. Good night!