Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday, and that the transition back to routine is going smoothly. Have you made any New Year’s resolutions? Most years, I don’t, but this year is a little different. I need to finish the trilogy I’m working on (we’ll see how quickly that happens—I make no promises), but I also have another idea, one which I haven’t widely shared.

Ray Bradbury once wrote that aspiring writers should

“Write a short story every week. It’s not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row.”

If I’m going to be completely honest, it’s a relatively daunting task. My logical self tells me that it is a terrible idea. A short story, every week? I don’t have time to do that! I have to do college! And row crew! And try to write a trilogy! And be social with my friends!

I didn’t say it was one of my brightest ideas. But it is one of them, and it has the potential to be a good one. So here, with you as my witness, is my promise. I will do my absolute best to write a short story a week for the next year. In this count, I might include poems. These stories may not be complete at the end of the week; they might just be the first two pages of an idea I have at eleven o’clock at night when my roommate is asleep and I’m pretending to be. They might be the notions of a new novel, or just a really bad idea I ought to have rejected after the first six sentences. Either way, every month, I’ll pick something that I thought was fun and share it. Hopefully, you’ll think it’s fun, too.

Something I’ve realized is that writers need challenges to get better, just as characters in books need challenges to have quests. This isn’t going to be easy, but it will be good. Hopefully.

What is one of your New Year’s resolutions?


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