Monday, May 7, 2012

Short Story Writing Month: Week 1

A while back - not sure when exactly - I pondered the idea of doing a short story writing month.  Well, I decided to do it this month, with the basic rules being that no matter what state the story is in, it gets posted in a public place immediately following the end of the week (i.e., post last week's story today).

Well, I failed spectacularly in the first week.  I started with good intentions, but things got in the way (read: the Excuse Monster came for a visit).  I did manage to write something, though:

"I winced as I watched the events unfold on the monitor to my side."

Yeah, seriously, that's it.  So, lacking an actual story, I thought I might talk about what was supposed to come out of that sentence (which, I can admit, is actually not that great on its own).

I had a few ideas; my first idea, and one I don't think I'm going to run with anymore, was going to be a superhero story told from the villain's point of view.  I don't think I had any specific direction beyond that, aside from attempting to garner sympathy for the "villain".

The next idea, when I was going to just try and finish the story in a hurry, was that of a museum security guard who encounters ghosts of some sort at night.  I'm not too great at writing "horror" or suspense, but I might have had a little fun with that.

So, back to the drawing board, as they say.  My goal this week is to at least get a coherent story written.  I'm not going to overthink it, but rather I'm going to find a writing prompt somewhere and just run wild and see what I get.  Who knows, I might like it!


  1. Do it!!! Good luck -- looking forward to seeing/hearing about the results :)

  2. Eh...that didn't go so well. It's not for a lack of ideas (well, I didn't have any), but lack of effort. I can't say I really felt like I was in a mood to write. I think that's really the final nail in the coffin for fiction writing (well, not quite...but I'll stick to non-fiction). *shrug* I've just been doing other things that I enjoy more.