A couple of days ago, fellow writer and Bristol SF clan member Pete Sutton announced on Twitter that he was going to write, and submit, a story every month in 2014. Working on the stories would, as an added bonus, serve as warm-up sessions for writing a novel.
I immediately shouted ME TOO ME TOO and boarded that bandwagon with my cutlass between my teeth.
We bandied around the notion of punishment vs reward. I realised that I’m pretty much a ‘stick’ person (insert joeks here); I work best my shaming myself into doing it, so this project – public goals and all – is probably enough motivation in itself. Pete’s a ‘carrot’ person though. We decided that, if we could get enough people on board to ensure a decent pool of stories (after all, some of them hopefully will be sold), we’d do an anthology in 2015.
Peer review of each story is optional; I will pledge to crit every story sent in to the group.
In quick succession we hooked a few more writers, and the roster currently looks like this:
Pete Sutton (@suttope)
Roz Clarke (@zora_db)
Jon Allison (@joncallison)
Christopher Caldwell (@seraph76)
Derek Zumsteg (@milhous)
Stephen Blake (@uncannyblake)
More people would be very welcome! We realise that it’s pretty late in January, but if you want to join, don’t be put off – a story you’ve already written but haven’t submitted to market yet would do, or scramble something together quickly, or just skip January and carry on. You get a free pass – just this once, mind!
Whatever happens, at least one of the stories you write will see print, and hopefully many more.