Ray Bradbury inspires enough writers, I would think, with his worldwide success and proliferation of short stories and novels. The people over at Write 1 Sub 1 grabbed hold of his idea about how to get published frequently and ran with it.
Write one story in a week, and sub one story in that same week. (Most likely not the same story!) Crazy? You can watch Ray Bradbury side-stepping blow-up godzillas as he wanders around his house wearing white shorts (at least I hope they’re shorts) on Youtube and think… well… yes, a little bit crazy.
But writers are supposed to be a bit crazy, aren’t we? Something enters our mind and it sinks it’s gleaming, scythe-like claws into whatever bit of gray stuff that controls creativity and doesn’t let go until we type it out. Bradbury started writing young, got rejected plenty of times, and went on to publish sometimes more than forty shorts in a year. That is simply awesome, stupendous, uber 😛
Writing a short story each week for the rest of the year seems rather daunting, but I know I can do it because I used to do it. I used to whip out a new short story every week, then set it aside and let it molder. Most of them are trunked now. Some of them have been tweaked and polished.
Those are the ones I will start submitting.
I’m coming late to the game on this “Write 1 Sub 1” blog plan. Many other writers started at the beginning of the year. There is no catching up, but there is catching the wave. Starting Monday, I will dust off a completed story, send it out somewhere appropriate and start work on another.
My biggest problem now is that many of my short stories end up as novels. I can’t deal with another novel right now.