Looking for a writing challenge? I was – and I found it!

If you’re on my email list, you know that I recently faced a stumbling block in my writing, and it knocked me off my feet.

To be brief, I promised my list a new, subscriber-only gift by the end of April, and I failed miserably at delivering it. It’s a multi-genre anthology… or it was supposed to be. Right now, it’s a half-formed thing.

Some writing has been done – but there is so much left undone. I set myself a goal that I thought would be easy to reach and found that my experience in compiling anthologies before didn’t help me in the least. If anything, it hindered me by giving me a false sense of confidence.

What’s a writer to do?

Take on another challenge, of course!

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I’ve done the Story a Day challenge before with mixed results, but I didn’t want that to stop me. The anthology wasn’t a success because my confidence didn’t match my abilities. But this one? This one has me a little nervous, so it’s going to keep me on my toes.

It’s said that a project will stretch or contract to fill the space you allot for it (within reason). That’s why this challenge is so appealing. You write a story every day, but you don’t write the same one day after day. The guidelines rein in writers with a tendency toward the sprawling epic (I’m looking at you, Emily), because the ground rules are pretty specific.

That being said, I’m going to change the rules just a little to make it easier for me to succeed. I won’t be writing seven days a week, because I have a family, and they come first on the weekends. My goal is to write a story a day for four days every week.

If I manage it, I will be left at the end of the month with 16 new stories. Some I’ll post on the blog for you, faithful reader. Others I’ll stash away in a folder to be rethought, edited, and polished to a glorious, submit-worthy shine.

Are you on board with the Story a Day challenge? It’s not too late to sign up and start writing, and I’d love to see the stories born when constraint meets focus.

Also, if you have any particular types of stories you’d like to see me post this month, let me know in the comments.

Have a hankering for a little backstory on Ruby from Maladaptation? Want to delve deeper into Fe from Banquet? Or are you in the mood for a good old-fashioned creature feature?

Let me know, and I’ll make sure I write the story for you in the next four weeks.

– AR


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