“Write a short story every week. It’s not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row.”- Ray Bradbury
I have an idea for a novel that has been eating away at me. I attempted to start writing it, but realized right away that I was in over my head. I read a great article about how beginner writers should start with short stories because it will give them the ability to practice while also feeling the achievement of completion. Not long after reading that article, I was checking my email and read about Inktober 52 which is a weekly prompt list to help artists create a piece of artwork every week. These ideas mashed up in my brain and I’ve decided to start a weekly writing practice using the Inktober 52 prompts to create short stories.
Completely by accident, I started on July 1st. The first week didn’t go so well. I started two completely different stories and wrote about 3 different versions of them each, but I just couldn’t find any endings that I was happy with. So week one was a failure. But I learned a lot and more importantly, I kept writing every day. Week 2 came and I was just happy to have a different prompt word. During Week 1, I had read another article, How to Write a Short Story from Start to Finish, and decided to give the tips a go for Week 2. Surprisingly they worked really well and I was able to get the bones of my story out in one sitting.
Today is day 4 of week 2, and I’m proud to say I completed my first short story!! I’m not sure if I am completely happy with the ending – I had no idea endings would be so difficult – but I do have a few more days to make changes if I come up with a better idea. I also plan on trying to revisit Week One’s disaster to see if I can salvage something.
So here I am on my weekly journey with writing. I hope you come along with me. 🙂