Writing short stories, again
Monday 9 August 2021
I didn’t start with handwriting on Monday morning after all. I saw some news about a flash fiction writing competition that closes in November, and as I’m trying to write for competitions, and as this is only a short one, I thought I’d look into it.
Then I added it to Asana and my glimmer/glow spreadsheet. And I updated the glimmer/glow spreadsheet short stories worksheet to include competition entries.
I also opened a new folder on my browser for writing competitions. I’ll add calls for submissions to this.
Once I clear this double ghostwriting job, I want to add new short story writing to my daily schedule. (I also have a novel to add to this, as well as the second project management book.)
As I write mostly very short stories (i.e. 500 – 2,000 words), then the schedule should look something like this:
- study the market for competitions and calls for submissions
- add project(s) to Asana & glimmer/glow spreadsheet
- 1 week before: (for competitions & anthologies, also read previous winners & contributions); brainstorm ideas; choose 1 and noodle with it
- Monday: outline short story
- Tuesday: write 1st draft
- Wednesday: edit 1st draft; type 2nd draft
- Thursday: edit 2nd draft; print 3rd draft
- Friday: proofread 3rd draft; make revisions; submit; record submission
- maintain Asana & glimmer/glow spreadsheet as I go
For longer stories, such as the Tarot Tales, which are 3,500 words each, I’ll allocate longer writing times.
Once I was happy with my Asana project for writing competitions, I duplicated it and tweaked it so that I now have a project for new short stories too. I need to start writing new short stories again, but these won’t necessarily be going to any traditional market.
The process will be:
- submit to competition (where applicable)
- submit to traditional market (where applicable) (after comp closes), OR/THEN
- epublish on Medium – either in a publication I write for, or my own
- epublish in new fiction magazine (just my stories, long and short, including serials)
- epublish exclusively on Kindle Unlimited for 3 months
- collect in an anthology
- epublish anthology exclusively on Kindle Unlimited for 3 months
- epublish anthology on Draft2Digital
- buy ISBNs
- publish anthology paperback
- publish anthology hardback
- publish anthology large print
- publish anthology audiobook
Honestly, I can faff for England when I put my mind to it.
Once I’d done faffing, I made myself a cup of tea and started work on the ghostwriting. I had either 6 chapters to write, or 11,875 words, whichever came first. I managed 5½ chapters and 11,228 words. And I finished work at midnight.
By the end of the evening, a cold was starting to take hold, so I submitted my work, had a cup of hot milk, and went to bed on some Benylin. I will either wake up feeling refreshed today, or I’ll be throwing a sickie.
Here’s what happened on Monday in the end:
- faffed – a lot
- created 2 new projects in Asana
- updated glimmer/glow spreadsheet
- wrote Chapter 25 Ghostwriting Book 5 (2,077 words)
- wrote Chapter 26 Ghostwriting Book 5 (2,087 words)
- wrote Chapter 27 Ghostwriting Book 5 (2,054 words)
- wrote Chapter 28 Ghostwriting Book 5 (2,153 words)
- wrote Chapter 29 Ghostwriting Book 5 (2,119 words)
- wrote part of Chapter 30 Ghostwriting Book 5 (737 words)
- wrote today’s blog post (524 words)
Words written today = 11,227 words