Sunday, January 1, 2012

Write 1 Sub 1

Sometimes when you's a good thing.

I mean, not so much for productivity, but wandering aimlessly can lead you to all sorts of new adventures. I'm big on adventures, and I like new ones best of all.

Let me preface by saying, while I love Nanorwrimo with a passion, after five years of participation, and three years as Municipal Liaison, the event has dulled a bit for me. The luster has faded in the cultish popularity (which I'm allergic to) and the continuing celebration of ways to write as many words as possible with NO qualms about them being drivel. That's a great concept to get you started in the literary world, write fast, don't censor, fix it later...but as you go along--eventually--quality is supposed to count. The next step is supposed to count.

And like it or not, editing out five thousand words of recipes, song lyrics, or your comments to yourself that you "padded" your nano novel with actually makes things way harder than they need to be.

So, I've been feeling a bit luke-warm about the idea of doing nano next year. Also, I've been mourning that a little.

Imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon Write 1 Sub 1 today. I was procrastinating. See above--it's what I do. Regardless of my short attention span, it worked in my favor today. One great blog led to another, and as I followed my nose, I found this:

Yes, I'm repeatedly linking to it. I'm excited.

The idea is to write AND SUBMIT one story a week (or a month in the "lite" version) for one year.
It's like Nano with goals.

Let that settle in for a second. Okay, sure, its probably work, and it may be less fun--who knows?  But you also may get a bunch of stuff published, may build some pub credits, and probably will have the fun/great time along the way that most of these events seem to engender.

I'm pretty psyched. I'm going to try it and see how it turns out.

Anyone else want to play?

~ Frances


M Pax said...

Happy 2012!

I'm hoping to do a version of write1sub1. First I have to attend to the novels I intend to get out. We'll see how that goes.

Glad you found a new project.

Frances Pauli said...

Happy 2012 to you too! Also I'll cross my fingers for the novels. I've got one I'm throwing to the wolves as we speak. SUCH a fun process.

Luck to us both!

Michael Baker said...

I'm in, sorta probably not the hole shebang but I'll try. Thanks