26 Weeks, 26 Stories

So, here’s my thing.

A couple of years ago things got a bit weird. My heart started misbehaving. Rushed to hospital misbehaving. A lot of medical genius later, my heart is beating fine again. But the medicines, stopping drinking coffee, and, well, terror, I guess, meant that my concentration was shot to hell. Writing became something it had never been before: a chore. A grinding, unrewarding chore.

Exit writer.

Four weeks ago I crashed my car. Swerved to avoid a deer and ended up in a ditch. Missed a tree by too close for it not to haunt me. And I started thinking: that could have been it. Game over player one. No continues. The end.

And I realised that I still had a lot to say. So I came up with a rehabilitation plan. A new story every week. Start at A and work my way through the alphabet until I get to Z. 26 weeks, 26 new stories.

And here’s how they work.

They are my ‘one and dones’. I think of a word or phrase that begins with the next letter in the alphabet and … well, I write a story that (hopefully) does it justice. No planning, just seat-of-the-pants writing. No rewrite. Just pure imagination, unleashed. No market in mind. Just sticking them out there on a blog and regrowing my writerly chops, one brick at a time.

Find them here 26 stories

Tell me what you think, I’d love to hear.

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