September Writing Challenge
This September I wanted to set myself a little goal and that was to write a short story every day of the month.
In September I wrote:
- 13 stories in total
- 5 over 4 min reads
- 8 short stories
So…I started off well!
The last 2 weeks of September I hadn’t done much writing at all as I’d been ill and worked a lot more hours at the day job!
Some days I’m so tired I just can’t face sitting and writing anything at all…it’s all about being in the right state of mind sometimes!
But those are excuses.
I picked short stories as they are (usually) quite quick to write and don’t always require a lot of research. A lot of the times, the shorter posts are almost like short bursts of streams of consciousness, where you state an idea, say a few things about it and then BAM! Post is done!
Like a ham sandwich without the meat!
I knew there was a chance I’d fail at this challenge simply because of my shift patterns. It’s difficult to find the time around work. Yes, I could get up at 5am to write furiously at the keyboard…no, I’m never going to do that!
Why did I do a mini challenge in the first place if I didn’t think I’d realistically finish it?
To get me to write more. And I did.
August only had 3 posts and so 13 in September is a step in the right direction!
I will still do the odd writing challenge here and there. But with working shifts, it means trying to schedule posts in advance and that isn’t always doable, to spend a full day churning out stuff.
And it’s not always the quantity anyway, is it? It’s the quality. I used this little experiment as a way to get back into the practice of writing and in that respect, it was a total success.
Now, it’s a case of finding the right topics to write about. Trying new things and not being afraid to fail again in the future, because…