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shortstorymonthAnd so it looks like I did the right thing at the right time without knowing.
Sort of a serendipitous thing.

Fact is, I found out yesterday about the Write a Story a Day initiative – which is sort of the short-story equivalent of NaNoWriMo.

Now, of course, I blew it from the beginning – I wrote a short story in three days.
Ah, what sad a failure I am.

And yet…

Really, what intrigued me most is the blog post through which I learned about the Story day thing – and that’s Anne R. Allen’s recent 13 Reasons Why You Should Write a Short Story This Month.

Ray-Bradbury-quoteNow, I’m actually planning to write two other short stories this month1, plus an RPG scenario I owe my friend Umberto.
And I’ll complete the final edit of my second novel.
These are the absolute must of May.
But yes – I’m all for writing a story a month… and possibly a short story per week2.

After all, a good backlog of good (hopefully) stories is a good safety net – sudden open calls, magazine slots, whatever.

I recommend you check out Anne R. Allen’s post – and I’d also advise you to keep an eye on her blog and hook it up in your feed reader.

As you are reading this, I am outlining a new short story.
I will not make it in one day – or three, probably – but it’s got all the markings for a good, fun short piece.
We’ll see what happens.

  1. who am I trying to fool? I must write two short stories this month if I want to submit them to two potential market before the deadline expires. 
  2. and here I think I might as well reference (again) Dean Wesley Smith‘s excellent Pulp Speed article. 

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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