In 2001, Ray Bradbury gave the keynote address of The Sixth Annual Writer’s Symposium by the Sea and gave a bit of advice that would spark an annual tradition of new year resolutions from writers everywhere. He said this:
The best hygiene for beginning writers or intermediate writers is to write a hell of a lot of short stories. If you can write one short story a week — it doesn’t matter what the quality is to start, but at least you’re practicing, and at the end of the year you have 52 short stories, and I defy you to write 52 bad ones. Can’t be done. At the end of 30 weeks or 40 weeks or at the end of the year, all of a sudden a story will come that’s just wonderful.
In 2020, I am taking this challenge to write 52 stories in 52 weeks. I am inviting you to join me I’m calling our group the SWAP52club (SWAP = Stop Writing Alone Podcast!). I’ve created a Facebook Group for us and I am providing weekly writing prompts on my YouTube Channel. I’d love it if you joined us. Follow along using #SWAP52club and join in the conversation as we stop writing alone this year!
WEEK/PROMPT 2: The Sticks from The Writer’s Toolbox
WEEK/PROMPT 1: Use the Author as a Model