Ray Bradbury and a short story a week

So my 365 days of story seeds is pretty much a bust.

I gave up on it when things got really busy back during the end of January. Unlike the other 365 day projects I still want to do, I found I wasn’t really getting much out of it.

I had hoped that writing a sentence or two in response to daily prompts would give me story seeds that would spark something bigger. But after three weeks of doing it, it had become a tedious task I kept forgetting to do until the last minute.

Which was a good enough reason to drop it. There are already enough tedious tasks in the world that I have to do, why add more to the tedious task load in my life, right?

But I am still very much enamoured of the idea of story seeds and what they can lead to. And as is often the case with me, one thought leads to another and yet another and now I’m contemplating this:

Ray Bradbury quote

Yes, there are actually people doing this challenge. There is even a Facebook page called “Ray Bradbury’s 52 week short story challenge to aspiring writers”.

And there are tips out there on how to accomplish such a challenge. 12 Secrets to Being a Super-Prolific Short-Story Writer, for instance. And author Jay Lake talks about his story a week experiment here. “Eventually, it just became a habit”, Lake says in the interview.

It’s a crazy idea for me, though. So I’m not going to do it.

At least, probably not.

I just have to get my mind to let go of the idea now.

10 thoughts on “Ray Bradbury and a short story a week

    1. Belle Wong Post author

      My problem with monthly is that I’d probably never get around to it. I just work too well with a deadline, Alex! I’ve heard of Write1Sub! – should check it out, too. Thanks!

  1. Heidenkind

    That actually sounds kinda fun! I know Gini Koch says if you write at least 100 words-which isn’t very much-for a whole year, you’ll have a 350k novel.

  2. Ti

    I signed up for Sarah Selecky’s story prompts one year and came up with some good stuff. She sends you a prompt and you just write for ten minutes a day without really thinking about where the story is going. If this is something you want to try, go here: http://www.sarahselecky.com/daily-prompts/

    You can opt out at any time. I did it for 6 months straight and then opted out when I fell into a sluggish hole called routine. Blah.

    1. Belle Wong Post author

      Thanks, Ti. I signed up for her prompts last year too but had forgotten about it. Maybe I should sign up for it again.

      Six months straight is a long time to write daily to a prompt! Ever think about doing it again? Let me know – it would be fun to do it together.

      1. Ti

        I am not in the right frame of mind to pick it up again. At least not right now/ But if I do I will definitely let you know. The prompts WERE good. Very different and creative. I’d never even think to write about those topics on my own.

  3. Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness)

    This is an intriguing idea for a challenge! A couple of years ago now I tried to do an “essay a day” (reading challenge), which was a bust. I love essays, but making them an assignment felt tedious and I gave up. Maybe someday I’ll try that one again.


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