Have you wondered what that Write 1 Sub 1 Monthly badge in the left-hand gutter of my blog is? It's a collection of writers who have committed to writing and submitting on a regular basis, following the example of Ray Bradbury, who used to write and submit a short story every week. The challenge is the brainchild of Milo Fowler, Simon Kewin, and Stephen V. Ramey and comes in two flavors--weekly or monthly. I wimped out and chose the monthly option. (To put a positive spin on it, you could say I was being honest.) Every week or month, members check in with a comment to let everyone know what the writer has accomplished or not. It's a self-imposed deadline with self-imposed public humiliation looming over those who don't keep up. It's about discipline, or as Bradbury says, "writing persistently." Check out the W1S1 blog to see how members are doing and the video in which Bradbury talks about his approach.
So far I'm keeping up. I've completed new stories for January and February and have ideas for several more. The story for March is underway. If I'm particularly inspired this coming month, I might even crank out two tales. W1S1 is pushing me to write shorter stories, which is a good thing since it's hard to sell the mammoth pieces I normally come up with. Along with revisions of older stories and rewrite requests, I'm keeping the ink in my pens flowing. Unfortunately, the blog has to suffer some neglect.