May is short story month. The web journal Fiction Writers Review is covering the month in a series of posts and reviews–I recommend checking them out. For myself, I am interested in using the month to spur and prod new writing of my own.
I’m convinced that we could all be more productive, more creative, if given the right push (“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite,” says Blake), and so I am settling down to write, or at least begin, a lot of new short stories during story month. The ideal would be to write one per day (like this), but I have other responsibilities, such as finishing my novel and learning French, so I may just write 500-1000 words of something new every day I can.
Here is your challenge: propose a story idea for me. I will begin it during the month. Any situation, genre, idea, historical period, tone. Whatever you like. I will be happy to email you what I produce, although it will probably be bad (I usually require many re-writes to reach ‘competent’). And I will dedicate the final version, if it comes into existence, to you.
Looking forward to your suggestions.