When I was a young writer, just starting out, I read an article that changed the way I approached writing. The article was about Ray Bradbury, and how he committed to writing 500 words minimum per day. Being all of eleven years old, I decided that I wanted to be three times the writer Bradbury was, and set about making my goal 1500 words a day. If 500 worked for him, imagine what 1500 would do for me!
Fast forward several (okay – many) years into the future, and that lesson has served me well. It has made it so that I can literally write about anything, in any situation (whether I do it well or not is up to interpretation). It was pivotal training in my freelance and professional career.
So a few days ago I noticed an incoming link to Garbled Transmission that I had not seen before. Curiosity took over, and I wondered who had linked to our site. I could not have been more intrigued when I saw the site the link came from: write1sub1.blogspot.com.
The site seeks to teach authors another lesson courtesy of the great Bradbury. Apparently, in addition to writing 500 or so words a day, he also committed (and kept) to writing one story a week and submitting one a week.
Write1Sub1 asks writers to join in the effort and try to create and submit 52 stories a year. For the meek at heart, you can choose to write/submit 1 story a month as well, but why not go for the gold?
I love the idea of this site and encourage any fledgling or professional writer to sign-up and join the fun. There are many lessons to be learned, and even if you fail in your endeavours, you will end up with a lot of new work on your hands, and more importantly, you will have taken a step forward in perfecting your craft.
I’ll admit that I haven’t signed up – yet. Currently, I edit and design this site in my spare time, and work full time as Editor-in-Chief/Community Manager of 17 other sites. Plus I freelance. And occasionally…sleep.
But the eleven year old still breathes somewhere in the back of my brain, and I know that he won’t rest until I sign-up.
If you do join, or are already undertaking the challenge, I’d love to hear your progress. Drop us a line!