Next Challenge: Write a Story Every Day

The full title of this post should be "Write a story every day and SHARE it." With everyone. Every reader. 

I've been avoiding this one, kind of, yet I haven't stopped thinking about it. Writing is something I've done a lot of, mostly in private, sometimes for critique in a small group. I've never been in the habit of publicly sharing my fiction in draft form. Writing this blog is the closest I've gotten to sharing first drafts, which I sometimes have to do because of time constraints. Sorry about that. 

Because if you've written anything at all, you know first drafts suck. It's how they are. It can't be helped. 

I'm not even writing much fiction these days. Revising a novel, sure, but not creating new work. But creating new work is my favorite part so, yeah, that makes no sense. This will be good. 

This week was inspired by this contest, David Wellington's Fear Project, which my good writing friend Kendra (thanks, Kendra!) told me about. Basically, in this contest reality show meets fiction contest, with writers initially competing for spots on the "show," then being voted off one by one if their writing doesn't cut it. 

Abandoned buildings are kind of scary. This is the interior of the Diamonds Restaurant in Gray Summit, Missouri, in 2005, shortly before the building was torn down. I worked there in high school. 

Abandoned buildings are kind of scary. This is the interior of the Diamonds Restaurant in Gray Summit, Missouri, in 2005, shortly before the building was torn down. I worked there in high school. 

As the name implies, it's a horror genre contest. I'm not exactly a horror writer, but that's the genre I identify with most, after literary fiction, which isn't even exactly a genre, but we don't need to go into that. Anyhow, I like horror, I grew up in the '80's, the first short story I ever wrote was a ghost story, and the novel I'm working on now has an element of fear (including a ghost). It's not unfamiliar territory.

Therefore, I'm interested! I don't think I have a chance of winning, but I'd like to enter. My challenge (and this will truly be a challenge since I haven't been writing regularly, and also putting a draft up every day for you all to read scares the crap out of me) will be to post a 250 word (more or less) draft about the seven scariest things I can think of, one per day. 

At the end of the week, hopefully you'll help me pick the scariest one. I'll revise it and submit it, and we won't hold our breath. But you never know...

Week Eleven: Creative - Write Every Day

  1. Day One - Darkness
  2. Day Two - Zombies
  3. Day Three - Hearts
  4. Day Four - Bugs
  5. Day Five - Insanity
  6. Day Six - Cats
  7. Day Seven - Snow
  8. Vote on the Scariest Thing!