I am going to write 52 stories in 52 weeks and chronicle what happens here. What is the plan? I am glad you asked. It is a simple one.
1) Write one story a week for a year.
Yeah, I know I can’t write. But sitting around thinking about writing ain’t gonna make me any better. So what do you do? You write.
Close-up of a person writing on a document
OK, now on to rule 2 which is just as important.
2) Read one short story a day.
And then I have one final rule.
3) Publish the Story.
That’s it. Ray Bradbury says if you follow those rules you will become a writer after one year. So that’s what I am fixin to do.
It is always interesting when you see a new writer who hasn’t really read or written much fiction complaining about their stuff not getting many sales. I don’t care how much you polish it, how much editing you get done on it, it probably is not very good.
But hey that is not telling you to give up, it is only telling you that you got a lot more practice before you get decent. One artist said, you have a million crappy pictures in you, the sooner you get them out of you the better.
Writers have often said that we all have a million words of crap in us. And that is probably true to a greater or lesser extent. Of course that is dependent on how much reading we have done and how much writing we have done.
Ray Bradbury gives a guaranteed formula that will turn you into writer. Write a short story a week and read a short story every day. That’s it. Now, I am going to dedicate my next year to doing just that. Beginning today, I am going to follow Bradbury’s plan. A year from now, I should be a decent writer.
Follow me on my journey…