As mentioned in the last post, I’m involved with a couple of co-workers in a short story compilation project. The details of our project:
- We pick a genre and a topic. Our first assignment is Sci-Fi and the topic of “secrets”
- We write a 2,000 to 4,000 short story draft between Wednesday through Friday
- Friday noon / afternoon we post our stories on Google Drive and share it out to each other
- Friday through Sunday we edit each other’s story, by providing constructive comments
- Monday through Wednesday we review edits / comments and apply what we can or want
- Wednesday morning / noon we submit the final draft of the short story
- Wednesday we start the process all over again
- After we have between 6 – 9 stories, we’ll look into self-publishing on Amazon.com
Interestingly, hallway conversations on the project have led at least three other people to ask if they can “guest write” a story. Since others won’t be as committed to writing a new short story per week, we’ve established some “guest guidelines”:
- Contribute one month of story content (4-5 stories)
- Not part of the initial editing phase
For our first week I wound up writing a 4,600 word story. Had to do some cutting and was able to get the first draft down to 3,969 words. At first, I felt like I was struggling with the writing assignment. I wanted to write something less “directed” or lesser requirements, even though genre and topic aren’t that restrictive.
I’m happy with my story, but I need to wait and see if the edits come back blasting it and calling out if there were a lot of wasted words or not. Hopefully that is not the case.
Either way, I need to start thinking of ideas for the second story since I only have Wed-Fri to write it. I’ll probably start on Monday for the second story, unless the number of edits on story #1 are high in quantity.
Off to write!