So, here’s my second story of the month. I’m not sure how I feel about it – I left it a bit last minute (I started it about half an hour ago, and it’s just past 11 p.m. now) but I have a feeling that’s how things are going to go for me. It’s also a little lighter than what I usually write, but I like the picture I used, so there’s that.
Also, no, I haven’t managed to look at a lot of the others because my internet hates me (well, Chinese internet hates everyone in general) and I’m having some serious issues even getting around the storyaday site, never mind wordpress. Hopefully I can sort it out this weekend when exams are over .
I wasn’t sure I was going to update this blog again this time. But, as usual, I’ve given in – so we’ll see how long this lasts.
A little about me then, for those of you who I haven’t met (a lot of people, I think): I’m Charlotte, I’m a student and currently, I’m in China – which is why my timing on the site might seem a little off sometimes. I tried this for the first time last May and managed four days before I stopped writing (which was better than last September – I wrote nothing!) so hopefully I’ll do better this year. (I’m hoping I’ll last at least a week.) This year has, so far, been poor as far as my writing productivity goes – again, hopefully this will help.
I have already finished my story for today (it’s nearly 10 p.m. here already!), though I didn’t manage the 100 words that were suggested in today’s prompt. I clocked in at 106 . I’m going to leave it here – and though I have to be up obscenely early for a class tomorrow so I’m going to bed soon, I will probably creep on everyone else’s blogs when you’re all sleeping. Oh, time zones~
Filed under 2013, Drama, Story
So, my first attempt at the story a day challenge was this May — and it didn’t exactly go as planned. Still, I got three more stories out of it (one of which spawned a whole world for a trilogy, so there’s that) and that’s why I’m going to do it all again this September.
As in, tomorrow.
As in, tomorrow tomorrow and oh my god I am so not prepared for this.
I was going to do something similar to what Vanessa Matthews did in April; she wrote thirty contest entries in thirty days and submitted them all — but I haven’t managed to round up enough entries and as it is, I think I’ll have enough to do, so that’s going onto the burner for next May.
See, the thing is, I’m a university student studying foreign languages — and on the 4th September, I’m moving to Germany for six months. I’ve got to move and get settled; but if anything, I think the challenge may help me; it’ll keep a little bit of ‘normalcy’ in my life, a little bit of routine.
And even if it didn’t, I’d still be doing it, because why shouldn’t I?
(I am not going to do what I thought was a good idea this May though; that is, I’m not going to write all my first drafts out by hand. If the mood strikes me, sure, but it’s a great way to burn out quickly, in my case…)
So, I’m in. Good luck to anyone else who’s going to do it . Remember that even one more story is one more success!
Filed under 2012, Prep, Update
These last eleven days have been kind of a disaster.
Well, that’s not true. I got a story for the fourth, though it was a shambles – it was a kind of back story for one of my characters, but I didn’t like it. Then I started one for the fifth using the picture prompt idea on the website, but it wasn’t really going anywhere and I will admit, I gave up.
After that, I just fell into a hole of revision and assignments – but with my final exam taking place this Wednesday, I’m preparing to get back in this challenge again. Sure, I won’t end the month with 31 finished pieces (probably), but if I can even get 10, that’s likely more than I would have written.
So, I’m off to see what I can do with this ‘fish out of water‘ prompt today. How’s everyone else getting on with this challenge?
I wrote this yesterday, but didn’t get around to posting it because my day was ridiculously busy. I cannot wait until exams are over; wayyyy too much work right now. (Hence why I still have to write my story for today… and then post it later, hopefully!)
Still, this story is 90% dialogue. I was thinking it might be confusing, but it shouldn’t be; there’s only two characters!
Filed under 2012, Drama, Story
Yay, I’ve managed two days running now! I didn’t use the prompt again today (I’m never good at writing stories out of memories), since I definitely have never seen this happen before in my life. Also, it’s not fantasy, so that’s new! (I am worried it’s more a scene than a story, however. Sigh…)
Shoot the Messenger
Filed under 2012, Action, Story
I tried, I tried so hard to make the prompt length of 1,200 words today… and I ended up exceeding it by 99 -_-. Still, if you don’t read the last section, it comes out as under so you could… do that, maybe? Anyway, here goes, more or less my first short story:
Filed under 2012, Fantasy, Story
This is something I was thinking about when I was reading through Vanessa Matthews’ blog last month. What should I do with my short stories when May is over?
So, onto post two of three… and it’s only a couple of days before May, guys! Are you all as excited as I am?
Anyway, I’m thinking this post won’t be as long as the last one. (Hopefully!) There’s a really good blog post on the story a day site about how to develop story ideas, plus throughout May there’s going to be a prompt provided every day (as far as I’m aware, anyway).
However, I know some of us like to find our own prompts, and I happen to have a boat-load of links to lists just hanging around on my hard drive, so I thought I’d share a few of these.
I don’t really remember how I came across this site, but it was probably through twitter, as most websites I find nowadays are. Either way, I found it and thought ‘well, this seems like a good idea’ and as soon as I could sign up, I did.
Thing is, I don’t really write short fiction.