Today I have started a new challenge.
I had written about two years ago about this idea of having a month where I wrote one six page script every day. I could never really justify it, because there were always other things that I needed to work on.
Also, I wasn't sure that it would really be that beneficial. Obviously writing six pages a day on a project that I hoped to sell would have value, but what would I do with 31 short pieces. (It had to be on a month with 31 days, or it was wimping out.)
I started thinking about it again since I have been thinking about deliberate practice. That would be a way of stretching myself, certainly. I wasn't sure if it would be a useful way, but the idea wasn't leaving me. If there has been one thing that has been consistent for me, it's that when I feel like I need to do something, I need to do it. So, I'm doing this.
Right now what I have is a page of notes. It has one column of different genres, one column of different titles and plot points that I might work on, a short list of things that I have never done or don't like doing that it might be good to try, and also a short list of different monsters.
It is October, and that might be a reason to work more with frightening subjects. Also, I know from experience that when I am keeping it short there is less investment, for the writer and the reader, and so it is easier to go dark or weird or absurd. That's not just me; I have seen it with many novelists whose short stories are twisted in a way that their long fiction never was.
The way I see this working is that I will have an idea in mind the day before, and while I might have the plot worked out, I will not write anything until its day. I will then write the six pages before work so that I can have some time to come back with fresh eyes before publishing that evening. It's not a lot of time, but it's not that many pages either. Obviously there may be some limitations on quality, but I want them to be entertaining.
I am going to be putting them up on Wattpad. I used Ficwad for the long one, but that seems more geared toward fan fiction, and while some of these will use established characters, not all will. The link is http://www.wattpad.com/library/GinaHarris827, but there is nothing published now. (There is a draft of Disney Avengers.)
I am going to try for publishing around 8:00 PM (Pacific), and then I will link via Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook.
It's already hard. I was planning on doing Disney Avengers eventually, but that wasn't what I thought I would do today. I started one thing that was humorous, but I realized that it wasn't funny enough for six pages. I could add content, but it would still be the one joke, that was maybe only good for three pages. However, I think I can subvert it, so it may still come up.
For the record, I am writing in Final Draft 8. Generally one written page is one minute filmed, so if I am using pages and minutes interchangeably, that's why.
There is a lot of writing happening this month. Be warned!