Thinky Thoughts on 6 Months of Write 1 Sub 1

With just over a week left in June, I’m pretty sure I’m coming up on the end of the first month in which I probably won’t meet my W1S1 goals. I’ve made plenty of submissions this month, but haven’t finished a single thing. I still have 2 stories I feel I must finish before the end of the month, and I’m committed to doing so. But that will still leave me 3 short for June.

While I’m disappointed, I’m not upset, if that makes sense. And I’m facing the fact that, while looking at the few months that are coming, I’m probably going to have to dial back to the 1 story a month version, rather than 1 weekly. There may be months where I write more than 1, but I think trying to commit to more than that will unravel the already frayed threads up in here. 

Whatever happens come July 1st, I’m thrilled with what I’ve accomplished. And I’m thinking that committing to just 1 a month while working on getting my backlog polished up and out the door might be a better approach in the last half of the year. I’m really proud of some of those still in-revision stories, and want to send them to some pro markets I haven’t ever tried before, which, to be honest, is all of them but one.

My statistics so far this year (which I mean to jump by 2 stories and 2 submissions before the month is out):

  • 28 new stories (#29 is a novella that’s still in progress)
  • 17 of those submitted
  • 9 of those accepted (including one accepted twice, and a first-place, non-publication contest win)
  • a whopping 11 still “in revision” and not sent anywhere
  • only 3 of those currently under submission somewhere
  • several more ideas for stories that I haven’t had time to write yet, but will!


Of the old stories of mine that I pulled out, revised and sent, I find myself even more pleased:

  • 6 submissions
  • 5 acceptances
  • 1 still under submission


I even pulled out some old poems, a few of them previously published, some never submitted, and a couple humor pieces that don’t really qualify as fiction:

  • 11 submitted
  • 3 accepted
  • 2 still under submission


I’m happy, even if I don’t make the 5 stories this month, believe me. In less than 6 months, I’ve had more acceptances (17) than I had in all the years prior, simply because I made myself submit. I probably wouldn’t have submitted nearly as much without my participation in W1S1, even though I was committed to doing more this year. The challenge gave my goals an automatic number and structure, which I feel helped beyond measure. It’s been fun so far, and I’m looking forward to the last 6 months just as much as the first, even if my goals aren’t quite as ambitious.

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  1. June 22nd, 2011 | Simon Kewin says:


    It’s fantastic Write1Sub1 is helping give your writing some structure and impetus. And that’s a pretty impressive amount of stories and poems! Of course, it doesn’t matter at all if you don’t meet your W1S1 targets : it’s all about helping you (and everyone else doing it) to write. That’s all that matters.

  2. June 23rd, 2011 | JC Romel says:

    Just keep in mind that you shouldn’t beat yourself up about not meeting your goals. W1S1 is about two things: feeling good about yourself, and growing as a writer. By all means, scale back if it helps, but never allow yourself to be disappointed by what you’ve done (or haven’t done) in regards to W1S1. That would only defeat the purpose.

    Anyway, good luck going forward!

  3. June 23rd, 2011 | Madeline Mora-Summonte says:

    You’ve already accomplished so much, Shelley. And I get what you mean about being disappointed but not upset.

    I don’t know how so many of you do the weekly version – I knew I couldn’t manage that. 🙂 The monthly version provides a little breathing room but still gives the opportunity to push if able.

  4. June 23rd, 2011 | Shelley says:

    @Simon, thanks! W1S1 has certainly been a boon.

    @JC, I know, definitely not beating myself up. I think it’ll work out for the best! Thanks for stopping by.

    @Madeline, thank you! I think the monthly version will best, both for a little less stress, getting the rest revised and out the door, and finishing the novel edits so I can start querying agents. Here’s hoping, anyway!

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