Join me in a challenge to write (or read) a story a week for 52 weeks.
Enjoy a quiet Sunday morning reading a story from the archives, or use one of the writing prompts below to craft a story of your own.
- WEEK 01 | The Memory Makers (steampunk) – A governess and guardian work together to help a boy overcome his troubled memories.
- WEEK 02 | Hell Hath No Fury (fantasy/adventure) – A necromancer makes a deal with a tomb raider to resurrect his daughter.
- WEEK 03 | How the Rose Garden Revealed to Me My True Love (romance) – how the rose garden revealed to me my true love.
- WEEK 04 | The Gothic Representative (Part 1) (regency) – an architect makes improvements.
- WEEK 05 | The Gothic Representative (Part 2)
- WEEK 06 | Lighter Than Air (thriller) – two spies uncover a double agent on a zeppelin flight.
- WEEK 07 | The Midshipman (steampunk) – a midshipman struggles to return home during the Napoleonic Wars.
- WEEK 08 | The Truant (young adult) – a girl dreams of escaping her isolated school.
- WEEK 09 | The Work Dragon (fairytale) – a princess embarks on a quest to overcome a dragon at work.
- WEEK 10 | A Comfortable Coze (regency) – Lord Pepper travels through a snowstorm to reach his sister.
- WEEK 11 | The Stars Align (fairytale)
- WEEK 12 | The Merchant Ship (fairytale)
- WEEK 13 | Fairytale
- WEEK 14 | Fairytale
- WEEK 15 | Heart & Hearth (domestic) – A widow reflects on the life she has left.
- WEEK 16 | –
- WEEK 17 | Astral Alchemy (sci-fi/flash)
- WEEK 18 | Page of Pentacles
- WEEK 19 | –
- WEEK 20 | The Worthy Knight (fantasy)
Note: I probably won’t have a lot of time to edit, so these stories may be a little rough around the edges. I hope you find them enjoyable nevertheless!
The Ray Bradbury Challenge
“Write a new short story every week. It’s not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row.” – Ray Bradbury
This is the challenge issued by Ray Bradbury to new writers, as an alternative to writing a novel. There are no rules, no limitations as to genre, word count, or hours spent writing, and no obligation to publish. Just like NaNoWriMo, it’s a personal challenge, and its greatest rewards are personal too.
I strongly urge you to try it for yourself. You might enjoy the following writing prompts, or this list of 100 Story Ideas if you’re feeling stuck. Good luck!