Last month I managed to write a 1,500 word story but this month... well... day after day slipped by and I just couldn't find the motivation or the time to write a story. When I woke up today I looked at the date - 30th September - last chance to write a story or have a big ZERO in my 'numbers of stories written' log for the month.
I had a few story ideas to choose from but I really wasn't in the mood to write anything dark or depressing (how unusual!) so decided to write something light-hearted instead. BUT... no light-hearted short story ideas in my notebook. I decided to have a look at the short story competitions that are closing in the next few months instead. Was there one with a theme I could write a story for? I ummed and ahhed over a few competition and, just as I was about to give up, an idea for one of the themes popped into my head.
It took a couple of hours to get it down, but I did it - a completed short story at just under 1,000 words and I'm happy with it and going to send it off tomorrow.
Phew. So that's it for short stories for a while (until 31st October anyway ;o))
Edited to add: And some more editing done tonight. I really wanted to get at least 50% of the second draft of the novel done by the end of this month and I have - 53.7% done.