This month has been a blast and one of the reasons that is has been so much fun is the prompt challenge. I have learned so much from writing these short stories and I really pushed my writers mind to go beyond the “first thought.”
I wanted to share a few things that I did learn from this experience.
- People like the shorter stories.
- I can write a shorter story and cover everything I want to.
- I don’t have to write out every single detail, the history, and background of every character. Sometimes the story itself is all the history you need. If it’s a different world then the one we live in (which is most stories I write) the reader will figure it out with the information you give.
- It is possible to write 4 stories using the same prompt, you just have to dig a little deeper.
- At the beginning I was trying to write all four stories in the future. I realized that I could also take a step back in time and write something in the past as well. I have no idea why I was trying to make every story as if it could only occur in the future.
- The best stories are the ones that are written and edited. Editing makes a huge difference!
- I can write several thousand words in an hour if I am really into the story and make myself sit down and do it.
My mind has been bent over backwards, flipped around, turned inside out, and thrown into a different reality. It has been an adventure through all the magical worlds a mind can go through. I wrote down a list of ideas at the start of the month and ended up scratching one and writing something totally different. It helped me rediscover my love of writing. I also learned that I can write something from an idea that was not my own.
I have loved this challenge and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. I want to see this to the end of the year and possibly continue. Just think, by the end of the year I will have enough short stories to fill a book of short stories. I could sell that!
I have always questioned my talent of writing. I wonder if I have what it takes to write for the rest of my life, not just a series of the came characters. Now I know, that I can. And the best part about this prompt challenge is that I can better my own writing in the process. I can look back at these stories in a year from now and see that I have gotten better. I am destined to be a published author and this is just the road I have paved for myself.
Wednesday starts a whole new prompt challenge. I revealed it earlier in March, which I will not reveal the one for May as early. You can go right over HERE and read about the newest prompt challenge. But if you don’t feel like reading the post, here is the prompt challenge for April.
If you haven’t joined in the fun, I think you should. Especially if you are a writer yourself. You won’t believe how much fun it is!