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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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NickRThomas wrote on October 29, 2015, 12:48 PM

That demonstrates remarkable motivation leading to a quite astonishing output. Well done!

LeaPea2417 wrote on October 29, 2015, 1:02 PM

That is a great challenge and a very good accomplishment. Congrats!

cmoneyspinner wrote on October 29, 2015, 1:28 PM

That's a very ambitious endeavor. Something I could not set my mind to achieve. But best wishes to you!

wolfgirl569 wrote on October 29, 2015, 3:00 PM

Wishing you lots of luck and looking forward to reading them

Feisty56 wrote on October 29, 2015, 4:46 PM

It sounds like it's time to put the best of your short stories together into an anthology for publication -- don't you think? Best of success to you and look forward to reading your stories here.

MegL wrote on November 10, 2015, 3:31 PM

That's a great idea and good motivation. Doing something "just for a month", doesn't seem to difficult when you say it fast. I know it is hard but you can keep telling yourself, only another 20 days or 20 stories. That sort of motivation certainly helps me.