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In other news: I am quitting writing.
Ha. Made you squint. But, I am trying something new: short stories. My CP suggested I do this since I have been struggling to get more than 250 words out a week. I love that short stories have to be quick, efficient, and if you use one wrong word the whole thing can fall apart. Another CP of mine wrote a titillating short story which was published through an online literary magazine two months ago. She is now Well into what will be a full-length novel. Watching this progression was amazing and inspiring. She knocks out over 500 words a day, sometimes over 1000. Yeah, in one day. I have done that three times in the year I've been writing.
That reminds me. I wrote my first story one year ago on Saturday! At that point writing was an unknown for me and it took the aid of Benadryl and a wasp bite to set things in motion. What I wrote was a story about a lost balloon and his quest to be reunited with his owner. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd be where I am today: 22 PB WiPs, 14 MG WiP's, 10 YA WiPs, and 20 or so odds and ends related to my dream of writing (including a screenplay, go figure).
While these numbers may seem like a lot, let's put them in perspective. Some days I look at the files and think, wow I am set for life, those are the times that the files feel like an unexplored horizon. But most days those files feel like a wall. My ADHD prevents me from focusing on just one project and by the time I buckle down it's midnight and I am falling asleep. Oddly enough the ADHD does not prevent me from successfully chatting, twittering, blogging, facebooking, youtubing, or social networking of any kind. That's because I am also an extremely visual person and social networking sites are set up to constantly change and present something new and fascinating.
This is in stark contrast to the scene I have been writing for two weeks which keeps replaying in my mind, but I cannot capture on paper. Yo, this post is too long, especially since I am exploring short stories. Durr. Lessons learned: social networking is fun, but bad for me right now. My WiPs and concepts are clambering for my attention. I need to spend more time on schoolwork. My CPs and writer friends are the most supportive people in my life right now.
So, author-friends. Tell me 1.have you written short stories? 2.did you do well? how? or why not?