Update on Challenge Story 5
I thought this story was going to land in literary. But when I made first contact with the story, my muse was going, “Nope, nope, nope.”
It became a fantasy story. I’d bumped my deadline up to Friday to get it done. Tuesday, I was like, wait, if I do a push, I can get this done today!
But it was real commitment because I took that time from working on Book 1, so I had to tell myself that it HAD to be finished.
Coming up with a short story a week has special challenges:
- You have to know how to come up with ideas.
I had to take a class in this to understand how to do it. I had the tendency to think the idea was a story born whole and not just something to get the story started.
- You have to have some control of the inner critic.
It’s what’ll make you stall out and fail. And it’s a tough one. It shows up somewhere (mostly on Novel 1 this week). On Story 5, it kept telling me the story still had problems, and I shipped it anyway.
- You got to have control of your calendar.
And I don’t mean just the available writing time. You also have to have control of your day job calendar. If you get pelted all day with emergencies, it’s hard to be creative. I had to really work on this (since COVID-19 started) and have really learned a lot about managing my calendar so that I don’t deplete all my mental energy before I break at the end of the day.
Meanwhile, I did a cover for Story 5. It’ll be in submission first, but covers are fun to do for the stories. I also did one for Novel 1.
And Story 6…’
Not a clue, except that it will be spec fiction. This week’s was supposed to be for an anthology call, but I don’t think it quite met the requirements, so this one will be it.