How Random Babbling Becomes Corporate Policy (t3knomanser) wrote,
How Random Babbling Becomes Corporate Policy

That old SSAW?

Most people probably remember my spite towards Nanowrimo. I understand the intention- a writer writes. Nanowrimo is about forgetting everything important about writing so you can concentrate on that aspect and leave 50,000 words in your wake.

I think that's a load of crap. And I've said as much. Instead, I offer you an alternative.

Welcome to the world of "Short Story A Week", that old SSAW. See-saw even. Anyway, the idea is simple- write one story, no less than two pages every week. No word counts, no numbers exceeding the double didgets. Just one story that has a complete narrative sequence. Like Nanowrimo, this gives you a deadline and a set goal. Unlike Nanowrimo, this gives you time to edit. To polish. But, one week after your start date, you must post a story. One week from that day, you must post a story.

From there, it is simply endurance. Count the weeks. See how long you can make it last. Tag your post with "SSAW" and we'll swap stories. Oh, did I forget to mention? Unlike Nanowrimo, if you don't post something publicly, somewhere you aren't counted as a participant. Every week, you publish a story online. You open it up to the world.

I know there's a few writing-type folks that read this. The question is- will anyone else join me? One week from today I will post the story of Rumple Tugger, a dwarf in Dreamland that... well, I can't give everything away. Just think about the source, and think about where I might go with that. That's your tease, your canker sore beneath your tongue, the gadfly to get you to write. You can start whenever you want, but no cheating! You can't start your first story until you announce you're joining sSAW.

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