Got my notice from WotF today that I didn't win--a little funny, since this morning I was thinking about the contest and how I need to write more short stories so I can keep entering (since I presumed I wouldn't place), and I told myself, "Well, my official rejection will boost my motivation to work on those."
I've been reading some of my WotF collections on and off between novels.* I need to enter again, but short story ideas are difficult for me, and I don't want to get distracted from my current book. HOWEVER, WotF is a great opportunity to break in, so I must press on. My one rule for myself is this: Don't work on your short story until your novel word count for the day is finished, you slacker you.
I know a few of you specialize in short stories--where do you get your ideas, and how do you keep them, well, short?
On the brighter side, the contest director recommended three things I should do to keep my writing up, and I'm already doing two of them, so win for me. :D
Look out WotF, you haven't seen the last of me!
*Both Shades of Milk and Honey and Eon: Dragoneye Reborn were really good. Put the sequel to the latter on hold at le library. Apparently Mary Robinette Kowal is writing a sequel to SoMaH, which surprises me, since the book ended quite definitely, in my opinion. Oh well, she writes well and actually replies to my tweets, so I'll check it out when it's published. :D