I hope everyone that celebrates Christmas enjoyed their holiday and that no-one was eaten or abducted.
Seeing as anyone who saw my clinically insane 2016 goal post is probably wondering about the whole write 1/sub 1 thing, and since I did say I would be posting about it shortly, I’ve decided now is the perfect time to post about it.
Write 1/Sub 1 is a challenge based on the methods of Ray Bradbury, a Scifi writer who spent decades writing and submitting one story a week. The idea behind the challenge is that no-one can write 52 crappy or mediocre stories in a row. I’m no Bradbury and I know myself enough to know that I can’t write and polish a story a week at this point in time, so I decided to modify the challenge to suite me. I’m shooting for a story every two weeks, that way I can spend one week writing and the next polishing and researching venues to send the story to if I don’t already have somewhere it would fit on my extensive venues list.
Another way that I’m modifying the challenge to suite me is to make sure half of my stories are Horror, and half of those are Erotic Horror of some nature. I love writing my depraved and just plain messed up Erotic Horror, but I love writing other forms of Horror, too. I’m happy to moderate my Erotic Horror output if it means writing a near equal amount of other forms Horror are also being written. I thought about letting the chips fall where they may when it came to the genres of the 26 stories, but I tend to get grumpy when not writing enough Horror. So, I decided that it wasn’t worth running that risk and possibly quitting because of it.
But I’m sure you’re wondering, what about the other 13 stories in this modified challenge? Well, I’m not letting the chips fall where they may there either. Of those Thirteen stories, I plan of seven being some form of Scifi or Fantasy, and the remaining six being a mix of Historical, Lit/Contemporary, and Magical Realism. I know it sounds a bit over the top to have things broken down like that, but I think it’ll work well for me. That’s what matters, IMO. Writers need to do and find out what works for them, and I work better when I have a plan than when I don’t.
However, for all of this planning there’s one thing I’m letting fall where they may. If I feel like writing a Scifi Realism, then my SF story is going to be SF Realism. If I feel like writing Gothic or Dark Fantasy, then I will be Gothic/Dark Fantasy. I don’t see any reason to stifle what I want to do as long as it fits my plans. And I can always, always make one of my ideas fit in somewhere. If that means I end up with seven SFF stories and six Magical Realism stories, then so be it. Or if I somehow end up with seven SFF stories and six Literary stories. Long as it fits somewhere in my goals I’ll be a happy camper.
Until next time!