I've been thinking about this for a while...starting up a collaborative womag writers blog that is....and think now might be the right time even though I'm supposed to be writing novel #2 (see counter on the right, I've nearly written 5% now!).
Anyway, what I'm missing at the moment is the impetus to write short stories. I seem to thrive on deadlines (which is why Slingink's Eurofiction comp worked so well for me, I had to write one every 2 weeks. Also why I like writing for themed competitions, I have to get it in by the closing date) but I haven't got any deadlines at the moment. So what I'm thinking is...
1) Set up a closed blog for womag writers (via email invite)
2) Every fortnight one member of the group posts 10 prompts (story titles, first lines, phrases etc) and the rest of the group has two weeks to write a story to one of the prompts. We could even make it a challenge like "Write a 1,000 word twist in the tale to one the prompts" or "write a 1,500 word romance to the prompts" etc..
3) When two weeks are up the group members post whether or not they managed to write a story or not (it doesn't matter if it's rubbish and you decide to scrap it)
4) We keep a league table. So every time you manage to write a story within the fortnight you get a point. That way you're spurred on to write or fall to the bottom of the table. Maybe there should be some kind of forfeit or something? Dunno.
5) OR the stories are posted anonymously and the members vote for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and points are awarded (so it's kind of like Eurofiction in that your points accumulate in a table). If people don't want their names to be associated with their stories or rank we could use pseudonyms.
Basically what I'm saying is that I need some kind of impetus to write regularly. I need a deadline. But it needs to be fun. I need to write with the internal editor off and just get the stories out. If this system were to work anyone doing it would have 26 new stories within a year. That's a lot of stories. And some of them could well result in sales.
Are people interested? Do you have any opinions? Suggestions? I'm very open minded about how this could work. The only thing that I'm 100% sure of is that it must be a closed group. No lurkers.
What do you think?