I’ve been running a writing message board for many years now, starting long before MySpace and LifeJournal and Facebook.
And once we had a member who was being pushed by a writing coach. He was supposed to write a short story every week and submit it somewhere, to build a name and a writing career.
A short story per week.
Now, if you think 5,000-10,000 words per week, that’s entirely doable. And I believe that with the right support in place, with good self-care, plenty of time to write, good food and exercise and such, it is even doable for a long time.
This kind of work used to be a great strategy for building a name in the genre field. And having 50 stories per year to submit and show up in various magazines is a great tactic. In theory, at least.
Or you could put that amount of work into a novel, and you’d end up with one every two to three months. Continue reading