My big & lofty goal for this Write-a-thon is to draft my neuroscience-inspired thriller, or at least get a solid start.
But my writing brain is very susceptible to new, shiny ideas, and I usually end up juggling multiple writing projects. [sigh]
So my more flexible goal is to add at least 500 words to one of my WIPs every day. Ideally, this WIP will be my thriller, but if it's an unrelated short story that's really calling to me, that's okay too.
In addition, every day, I will feature a different speculative short fiction magazine, with links to their website and to their listing on the Submission Grinder.
Now let's get writing! Good luck with your own goals!
Writing: I took more notes on the science & tech in my solarpunk story (~600 words, plus some diagrams). One of my favorite parts of writing science fiction is to take the existing science or tech, and stretch it just a little, to what it might look like in the near future.
Writing: Holy smoke! I added ~1600 words to my solarpunk story today, which is A LOT of words for me. It took me the whole day (with short breaks) to produce those words, but still a great feeling. I write slowly and edit as I go, and aim for a clean draft. Anything above 500 words is awesome.
Note: There are so many speculative short fiction magazines out there, publishing amazing flash, short stories, novelettes, and novellas. I had no trouble making a list of 42, one for each day of the Write-a-Thon. In fact, I came up with more than 60 without even going online. So for my "Magazine of the Day" feature, I've decided to highlight the newer and/or smaller magazines. The order is random. (I literally wrote down the magzine names on pieces of paper and drew one name for each day.)
I hope your writing goes well. Good luck with all your projects!
Vera's Published Short Fiction
“How To Keep Your Cool If You’re A Mech First Day On The Job” (2022)