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shades_of_autumn in Dagupan City is doing 35 things including…

write short stories

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shades_of_autumn has written 6 entries about this goal

first step...

...done!

Last night, I wrote the entire story down.^ I wrote like I was telling it to a close friend. I didn’t think about my punctuations, quotations, and all other things about form… I just concentrated on telling the story. The form would just have to come in the succeeding steps.

Later, I’m going to divide the story to fit the 5-tier plot. That way, I think it would be easier for me ‘coz it’d be like writing 5 small parts rather than going through the entire thing at once. And maybe it will give me an idea how long the story would be in terms of number of pages and words… and then I could start writing the first part which is one of the requirements of my assignment…

Things are looking up for my short story writing assignment… Hope it’ll stay that way…^ crosses fingers



Dare!

I challenged myself to write a short story before the month ends. If I don’t set a deadline for myself I’ll become lax and probably end up submitting my assignment sometime in Feb which is already behind my schedule.

The time limit is added pressure. The stake added motivation—whether it’s a carrot or a stick to me though, I’m not sure. But either way, it’s gonna be great marking the challenge as a success before the month ends.

wish me luck! =)



short story debt

Just received a mail from my school and they’re following me up on my assignment short story! Yikes! Gotta hide!

Well, got an idea down a few hours ago. I have to write a respectable outline of the entire story though and write it’s introduction which shouldn’t be longer than 700 words. Both are to be part of the assignment I have to submit… among other things… I must also say how long I expect the story to be… well, I don’t know how long the story will be in terms of words so I thought I’d just finish the story and then submit the outline and the first 700 words…

I should finish it before the month ends though so I can complete my assignment by January and hopefully submit the next one by Feb.



My Very Own Notebook

Finally, I bought my own notebook today!!! Yay! I’m so happy!!! It’s my Christmas gift to myself… LOL Now, I can type away in some undisclosed secluded corner brewing stories and whatnots… not to mention the short story I have to submit for my writing lessons this coming January…LOL No worries! Right now, I feel so inspired and blessed. I feel I made a great step towards the goals I set for myself… I just feel so lucky… Life’s just peachy! XD



A Plot Brewing

Nope. I haven’t written a short story yet since I posted it as one of my goals. A little disheartening come to think of it… but am not throwing in the towel just yet! There’s this story that had been brewing in my mind for days now. And as I turn the possibilities in my mind, I’m growing more and more fond of it. I really want to write it down and make a proper short story out of it… but the home pc is usually busy I can’t have an alone time with it for long—long enough just to write the story’s skeleton. :(

Now, am considering buying a notebook. Something, that I could use anytime and anywhere without waiting my turn. I don’t mind sharing… it’s just that I take my time writing and I don’t like to be monopolizing our home pc… Should I or shouldn’t I buy myself a notebook? Is it worth the investment? I wonder…



Short Stories in a Different Light

Yesterday, I’ve read one of the letters from my subscription of Steven Barnes’ Life Writing entitled “Publishing Short Stories”. It was an eye-opener—at least to me. I had a few “that’s right!” moments while reading through it, and after that I see short stories in a whole new different light.

Barnes said that the short story is important in starting a career in writing since it is already a training in itself. The one about it being one of the fastest ways of getting published all the more made me think about writing them even more. He also mentioned Ray Bradbury’s principle of “one story per week” or “a story every other week”. I’m going to do the later and hopefully in a post 2 weeks from now I’ll could tick it off my 43Things list to change it to “write another short story”. XD



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