30 Stories in 30 Days?
Back in the summer of 2008, I had a crazy idea. I had recently heard about National Novel Writing Month where you try to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. I had attempted doing this on my own in April, but ran into several problems. I liked the idea, but while I have ideas for dozens of novels, I also have ideas for hundreds of short stories. So I had the idea of trying to write thirty stories in as many days. It was a challenge, and would also help clear out some of my writing notebooks. It was also a scheme to get people to check out my website.
So in September of 2008, I started out trying to write thirty – the shorter, the better – stories during the month. I’d hammer out a few hundred word story, let it sit for a few hours or maybe a day, give it a quick revision and then post it. I described it as my writing at its rawest. It was stressful, tiring, I didn’t think I could do it, but in the end I succeeded. So naturally, I had to do it again. I wasn’t foolish enough to try it every month with just thirty days, so I waited until the next year. At the time, I figured June would be a better month, so I did it then. I succeeded again, as well as in 2010. However, in 2011 I was in the process of moving, so I only wrote nineteen stories.
Since I had written seventy-nine stories during June, I thought it would be a good idea to try some other month for other inspirations. I decided to start cycling through the four, thirty day months. I did manage to write thirty stories in April 2012. However, I only managed thirteen stories in June 2013, and twenty-one stories last September. Part of the reasons were illness as well as other obligations. In addition, I think I’m starting to run out of the super-short stories that I usually ended up writing. I think as I’ve matured in my writing, the ideas I come up with need longer stories to fully develop. Trying to hammer out a 2,000 word story every day is much, much harder than 200 word stories. A month ago when I realized that I was supposed to be writing thirty stories in November, I almost decided to forget about it. But it seemed wrong to end this grand adventure on such a whimper. So I have decided that I will attempt my 30 Stories in 30 Days Challenge in November. I’ve also decided that it will be my last attempt, and that I’ll be happy if I get ten stories. It’s still a bit of a whimper, but a louder one, I guess.
When I first started this, I posted the stories on my webpage. Then I decided it would be a good idea if people could post comments to them, so I posted them on one of my blogs. Then for last year, I figured I should post them on Bubblews to get more traffic there. So this year, I guess I’ll post them here on Persona Paper.
If you’re at all curious about all the stories I’ve written during these challenges, I have a page on my website linking to all of them. Wish me luck.
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