I'm still working on that pesky short story anthology - hopefully by the time this is published, I'll have everything assembled and will just be in the process of turning it into a readable ebook. However, I decided that I don't want to be stuck in an uncreative period - I want to keep turning out new stuff. With that in mind, I've thought up a new challenge for myself.
It doesn't have an official name or anything like that, but it's fairly simple: write 15,000 words in a month. That works out to 500 words in 30 days, assuming I pick a month with 30 days. So it'll be 15,500 if I pick a 31-day month. That sounds simple enough, but probably a little too simple. So I've come up with a few rules.
1) I can't have any "cheat" days - I must write at least 500 words every day. In other words, I can't write 1,000 words in one day and take the next day off. Extra words are bonus.
2) I can't start a new story idea until the current idea is finished. Sure, writing isn't exactly the most linear endeavour out there, but I think it would be easier for me to come out of this challenge with something concrete if I make sure I have finished products at the end of it.
3) If I meet my monthly goal early, I don't stop.
4) No editing until the end of the month. This will not be fun later on when I decide I want to do something with these stories.
Just a further note to number 2 - this doesn't mean that if I start writing a novel I have to finish this novel before moving on. Not quite. I am going to go on the assumption that I am just writing short fiction (or non-fiction, depending on the day I guess). Honestly I don't feel like I have the time to commit to creating a full-length novel.
I'm not sure when I'm doing this but I know for sure it's not going to be March. I wouldn't be surprised if I start this in April.
*** EDIT - Not quite done the anthology. BUT I have made headway. Also I have until June something in order to get the CreateSpace reader copy, so I have a little time. But things are coming together. Promise.