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Daily Shorty Week

January 13, 2013

My friend and editor Claire Guyton is 8.5 months into writing a complete draft of a short story every single day for a year. Every. Single. Day. Nutballs! She calls it the Daily Shorty Challenge, and she invited me to take it for one week. My week begins tomorrow and I’m jittery. With nerves, yes, but with thrill, too, that I have no idea what I’m going to write tomorrow or the next day or the next. Essays, poems, meditations, who knows what will spill from the bag when I turn it over with my eyes still closed. I’m the one who wrote the rules for what constitutes a complete draft, and I will follow them. I just will. No matter that I care full-time for my six-month-old son, that J. is out of town for the whole week, that I have an editing project to complete by Wednesday, that I have to prepare for the semester in a new teaching position … no, no matter. This is the time to generate, to practice, to get messy, to bring writing to the center of the desk. To adapt to my environment—as my friend and co-author Cheryl Wilder says—like a good mammal. Off we go! (to feed S. and head to bed!)

From → Writing Life

  1. Yes, yes, yes. And thank you.


  2. Good for you! A couple of years ago I set up a challenge for myself: write about a found object every day for a month. (Too chicken to try the novel writing thing.) Some fiction, some silliness–but every day. I only lasted for about a week, but it was really fun and very liberating. I spent a lot of time walking around with my head down, but I found some real inspirations.
    Good luck with your shorties!


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