- You must write 30 all new short stories between April 1st and April 30th.
- Each story must have a distinct beginning, middle, and end.
- Each story must be at least 200 words.
- You may write more than one story per day to make up for lost days.
It seems like an awesome idea, and I’m going to try it. I’m not much of a short story writer, but I wish I were, because there are some really awesome short stories out there that I admire–like Endosymbiont, quite possibly the best singularity story that I have ever read (and available for free from Escape Pod). Novels and short stories are different arts, but they’re both forms of storytelling, so I figure that no matter what happens I’ll learn something from it.
I’m not sure how many of these stories will take place in universes that I’ve already built, but probably a good number of them will. I have a few characters from Bringing Stella Home that I would like to do little sketches on, possibly for a later novel, and some things I’d like to do in the worlds I’ve already created.
At the same time, though, I’ve got some crazy ideas for standalone stuff that I’d like to play with, like a crazy awesome dream I had last night that made me lie awake just thinking about it for almost an hour. It was insane...but I guess you had to be there.
In unrelated news, my writer friend Charlie got me a thing of sparkling grape juice, for me to open when I celebrate my first major publishing deal (though I suspect another motivation was to make me look like a wino while walking around on BYU campus).
Honestly, I was quite surprised–thanks! I’ll use it to christen my first yacht that I buy from my multimillion dollar first deal, hehe.
Oh, and in other totally unrelated news, my other writer friend Laura started a blog. So go check it out!