Learning to be a ‘Real’ Writer: Part 2—Inspiration from Dean Wesley Smith’s Short Story Challenge
On July 1, 2015, professional writer, DeanWesley Smith, started a challenge he’d set himself: to write a short story each day for the entire month of July, which he then intended to publish in a single volume. In his blog posts leading up to the start of the challenge, he blogged about what he was going to do and why he was going to do it, and then he blogged about the power of the challenge as he wrote. You can find the first ofthose blogs here, and I recommend them. I didn’t come to it until early in July, and I read it backwards from where he was at to where he had been. It was nothing short of inspiring.
- To match Dean Wesley Smith’s short story writing in July, as a means of learning how to produce words and to increase writing discipline... also to find limits and capabilities, and to hone.
- To catch up with what he’s already done this month. To date:
- 1 x 4,000-word ‘warm-up’ story (The Library of Atlantis)
- 1 x 3,700-word story (The Case of the Dead Lady Blues)
- 1 x 4,050-word story (A Bad Patch of Humanity)
- 1 x 3,450-word story (They were Divided by Cold Debt)
- 1 x 4,550-word story (Best Eaten on a Slow Tuesday).
Let's see how it goes.