Working to complete a couple of things to deadlines, I got not one, but two stories finished this week! One was for a story challenge on the Codex Writers Workshop; the other was to be able to get a story in to a market before it closes. Total word count for the week was 5500, one of my most productive weeks in a long time.
I’m really enjoying writing short stories again. For the last couple of years I’ve been concentrating on novels. With novels, you spend so much time in the same world for so long … With a short story, if the research isn’t too complicated, it can be finished in a week or two. And then you have the satisfaction of having something that’s done and can be sent out after revisions–which don’t take anywhere near as long as for a novel. Of course, if it turns into a novella or there are tons of facts to check, it can easily take longer. (I still haven’t finished the story set on Jupiter’s moons, frex.)
In the spirit of getting things done, I recommend a great post by Kristen Lamb on self-discipline. I’m definitely not the most disciplined person in the world, but when I plug away, even I can get things done.