It started on the Kindleboards. A discussion of author Dean Wesley Smith’s assertion that it is completely possible to make a living writing short stories. It morphed into a challenge:
If making a living on short fiction is possible, well then, do it.
Ok. Bring on 52 Shades of Short Stories. (um….. wait. Site down this morning. Will update) The task is to write and publish one story a week for a year.
1000 – 6000 (+) words a week. Or about 150 – 900 words a day.
And to that I say: Pfft!
But the word count is not really the challenge is it? 150 words a day? I hit that on Twitter before breakfast. The average twelve year old will probably text that in the hour between bells while pretending to take notes to boot. I’ll blow by 150 in about half a sentence. Rather, the challenge is creating good words in the right order. If, after all, the argument is that a writer can make a living on short stories – without resorting to tricking readers – presumably the real argument is that they can write good short stories.
The idea goes that if a person writes this much and this regularly, it’s impossible not to create, eventually, something good. And so really what this challenge tests is: the commitment to create quality fiction, the fearlessness to test that quality in a court of readers, and the tenacity to keep it the fuck up.