I've failed to keep my pledge made on the 19th to write 1k words of prose a day. I did so for 3 days. That, I suppose, can be called a mitigated failure. 3k words of prose is vastly more than I've produced in a long while. My poetry has been pouring out at a steady rate. It seems I can't do both simultaneously. In my autobiography, I guess I'll just call this my rhyming phase and give it a short chapter.
You can find the things I've been writing all over Inkwell Manor, louderpoetry, and louderprose. I am also interested in the LJ communities poetryforms and poetssociety but have posted nothing there not found elsewhere.
Of interest, to me at least, is Flash Fiction 55, a writing challenge which requires an entire story in 55 words. I like the one below.
I've done seven or so of these now. I find them addictive. This is by far the best. It seems fairly complete to me. It has a beginning, the taking of a photo. It has a middle, the burning of the apartment, etc. It has an end, testifying and moving to Savannah. A lot can be inferred. There is a bit of character development too, we know a little about Don. His name. He is a photographer or an avid amateur because he develops his own pictures. He has long black hair. He can run and jump over fences. He lives in a city big enough to have fenced back alleys. One can presume him a man of some daring for having taken the photograph at all and a man of conscience for testifying despite intimidation. Finally, he is a "cat person".
I failed in writing my 1k bits of prose, I think, because they were simply not at all enjoyable. I am not thinking of the subject matter when I say so, I always tend toward doom & gloom, but of the process. The process of writing prose was once quite effortless for me, enjoyable really, and was done swiftly and with a certain feeling of releasing pent-up energy or constrained ideas. These recent pieces have been uncomfortable to write in that it is a genuinely painful effort to train my attention on a page for long enough to do it (1k words now takes me about an hour to compose and at 20 wpm most of an hour to type and revise)
I am going to continue to grind out some 1k prose. I will look for some "challenges" of some sort. bahia offers such in linebyline and I will look for some "writing challenge" communities to offer me either inspiration or some sort of framework for a 1k writing effort. If anyone has ideas, sites, even challenges, please let me know.