Today’s word count: 1,259 (new); 2,240 (edited)
After four days of testing out what full-time writing feels like, I think it’s time to set some firm and tangible goals to get things moving:
- Write one short story per week and submit it for publication
- Get a short story published within two months (mid-May)
- Write two full-length novels by March 2013
- Get one novel (likely self-) published by March 2013
The story a week model follows how Ray Bradbury approached writing short stories when he was an emerging writer. To me, it has a something to do with the idea of quantity over quality. In order to become a great writer, I need to test my limits by writing as much as I can. I need to understand my weaknesses by writing terrible things because I’m just trying to meet my goals. And, then I need to refine my editing skills by turning those terrible things into amazing prose that can be submitted for a chance at publication.
I’m planning to try out these goals for a few months, then re-assess them and set new ones. I have met my short story goal for this week and will be submitting the story this weekend. Time to do some browsing on Duotrope to find a home for it…