52 short stories in 52 weeks
Ray Bradbury said: "Write a short story every week. It's not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row."
I've decided to take him literal and do it. Over the span of a year, starting today (October 3, 2016), I'll be writing 52 short stories. A story a week.
Artists and writers do challenges like Inktober or NaNoWriMo to improve their skill, or just to push through and draw/write every day. Now granted, NaNoWriMo can be intense, but it certainly gets you writing and (hopefully) a first draft of a novel done. I'm not sure how difficult writing a short story a week will turn out to be, but I'm committed.
I'm reading a great book called "Writing In General and the Short Story in Particular" by Rust Hills (isn't that a fantastic name?) to brush up on the structure and nature of the short story. It's a great book. I highly suggest it. If you want to find out more about the book, there is a marvelous annotation by Kat Kambes that I recommend.
I look forward to see how this works out and will keep random updates either here on my blog or in my youtube channel of my progress.
Let me know in the comments if you've participated in a creative challenge of any sort, and tell me how it worked out for you. I'd love to hear about it.
UPDATE: follow the hashtag #52shortstories52weeks on Twitter for my tweets about each week's story, and such updates.