Ray Bradbury Challenge

Est. November 2020

FOUR SHORT STORIES IN FOUR WEEKS

"The best hygiene for beginning writers or intermediate writers is to write a hell of a lot of short stories. If you can write one short story a week—it doesn’t matter what the quality is to start, but at least you’re practicing, and at the end of the year you have 52 short stories, and I defy you to write 52 bad ones. Can’t be done. At the end of 30 weeks or 40 weeks or at the end of the year, all of a sudden a story will come that’s just wonderful.". - Ray Bradbury

THE RAY BRADBURY CHALLENGE is just a way to keep the juices flowing. There is no prize other than a job well done and a sense of self-satisfaction. If you're a Monica Geller, you might want to check out NaNoWriMo. This isn't a race, it's a personal exercise. Sometimes we need a little kick in the pants to keep us going. Hopefully, knowing others are in it with you will inspire you. 

 

To keep things easy, we'll be doing a month at a time at various times throughout the year. 

Winter 2021 - Soap Operas

Be as dramatic as you can. Go over the top! Really exaggerate and make the impossible, possible. These are calisthenics for your brain. Have fun!

Jan. 17, 2021 - WEEK 3

 

BACK FROM THE DEAD AFTER TWENTY YEARS

 

YOUR MAIN CHARACTERS: A dancer and a glass blower

SETTING: A police station

 

BONUS ROUND: A hidden camera

Jan. 10, 2021 - Week Two

FORBIDDEN LOVE

 

YOUR MAIN CHARACTERS: A cashier and a private detective

 

SETTING: Small Town Street

 

BONUS ROUND: A love child

 

Jan. 3rd, 2021 - Week One​

 

EVIL TWIN, GOOD TWIN

 

YOUR MAIN CHARACTERS: One twin is a coroner, the other is a physical therapist

SETTING: A spa

 

BONUS ROUND: Add a triplet

General Guidelines & Tips: 

  • Write one short story every week for four weeks. 

  • It doesn't have to be good. 

  • It doesn't have to be an original idea.

  • Don't stress about it. Just write. 

  • Try not to go back and edit. Don't polish, just write. Ray Bradbury often recommended you write until the end and then edit. See if you can get through all four before you do any editing.

  • Need prompts? Come back here (or follow on Twitter) on January 3rd for the first of four prompts to get you started. 

  • At the end of week 4, pat yourself on the back, look over your work and see what you've got. A new short story to elaborate on? A flaming heap of trash? Are you a better writer now than you were 4 weeks ago? Have any new ideas sprouted? Have you surprised yourself?

 

No writer is an island. Join our private RBC Group HERE. Meet other writers, find inspiration, share your work, and ​ask questions. 

Have fun!

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