Forcing Yourself to Write: Results

In March I set out a challenge for myself – to produce a short story 1000 words at a time, and upload the sections each day as a way of forcing myself to produce something consistently. And it sort of worked!

Alright, so I didn’t finish the story, but I got far enough through that the general shape of it was visible. In fact, apart from the ending, it was basically done, so that’s a success of sorts. I’ve now decided to enlarge the story into a proper novella, which I’ll be giving away for free when it’s done

There was another benefit too! Not only does publishing each day’s writing keep me somewhat more productive than I would otherwise have been, it also last month gave the readers of this blog a little story to read along with. Take a look!

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Admittedly my blog is hardly setting the world on fire even at its most “popular”, but equally I know I won’t have to point out to you where it was I stopped uploading each day. The fact remains that while I was uploading this blog enjoyed its greatest popularity so far. Since then, um, not so much…

Having looked back over what I wrote last month, I’ve think the story needs to be a little longer in order to iron out some pacing issues, so I’m going to resume uploading one chapter at a time for your enjoyment, and hopefully see some more progress!

Are you a deadline writer? How do you approach the mechanical task of sitting down and producing something?

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