Writing fiction is a passion of mine–or at least it would be if I ever did anything about it. Sure, I’ve dabbled a bit here and there. I wrote a bunch of stuff for a NaNoWriMo a few years back. But I’ve never made a sustained effort at being an author of fiction. Lately, I haven’t even been writing little bits here and there. I’m completely out of practice and I fear my creative muscles have begun to atrophy. So much so that I doubt I could even formulate a proper sentence now, much less churn out a novel.
I often try to think up story ideas but don’t flesh them out. As a result they remain embryonic. I need practice. I need to work out the mental muscles it takes to write a good, nuanced, complex yet easily read story. So in an effort to get the creative juices flowing, I’m committing to writing a short story a day for the next year. It’s a big commitment to be sure, especially for someone who’s always (ostensibly) busy. But then, as a teacher of mine once told me, nothing worth doing in life is going to be easy.
So there you have it. I hope you’ll come along for the journey. Who knows, you may even be entertained!
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