Can you write a short story in 1 hour?

Yes you can. Allow me to explain.

Writers are lazy. They wait for the muse, procrastinate, complain about not being inspired enough or motivated enough or about not having enough time. They even spend considerable amounts of time reading articles and books about how to write.

The one thing that they hate doing is writing.

Writing a story is like giving birth. I glow with pride and satisfaction when I look at a work of fiction I have created, but I hate having to go through the process of writing. Needless to say, I defend myself using the reasons I listed out above.

But as any serious professional writer will tell you, writing is primarily about discipline. All the inspiration in the world will not produce a work of art if the artist does not put pen to paper, finger to keyboard, brush to canvas, knife to… you get the idea.

So I started an experiment to enforce discipline on myself. What I do (and what this site is all about) is that once a week, I sit down with nothing more than an idea in my head and type for exactly one hour.

There are only three rules:

  • I have to write at least once every week.
  • I cannot write for more than one hour.
  • I have to actually finish the story.

Too many good stories never get written. Too many stories get abandoned halfway. The purpose of the 1 Hour Story project is to not have that happen. The entire process of writing the story, from start to finish (except minor editing), takes an hour. The key idea is discipline. Every aspect of this project has been designed with that in mind.

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