Last year, I had an idea for a project that I would use to test myself. It’s a writing exercise, really. Every month, I’d write a short story based on the new issue of Wired magazine. My first attempts to get this project off the ground got walloped by other work commitments, but it was for the best. Why start this sort of project in the middle of a year when I could start it in a January and do a nice, clean year?
The aim is to hone my short-fiction skills by writing something new and distinct every month. The hope is to attract some new readers and bring them along for the ride. I could do this project behind closed doors, just for myself, but of course another hopeful aim is to teach myself to finish and part with stories more readily. Having a monthly assignment—and deadline—for that? It helps.
Today, the project goes live with the first issue (or “issue”) of Wired Tales going live, and free, on this here Internet. Visit that link for more about the project or to download two free short stories, presented as a single PDF (1.2 MB). Then, as a loyal reader of this site, come back here and let me know what you think of them sometime. I’d really appreciate it.
I’ve already gained valuable experience points writing these stories. I’m excited to see what happens as the months go by and I learn not only to write them better but to squeeze in the time for them around other projects. Leveling up is fun!