Last year, in hopes to get some new short fiction written, I attempted something I’d never considered: I wrote using a formula. It didn’t work for me. The idea of writing using a formula is something I’d instinctually balk at.
My mind is somewhere else today. So far, after two hours of “writing,” I’ve managed 154 words on a short story. And I’m pretty sure 81 of them are going to be removed when I revise it.
The beginnings of stories are usually pretty easy for me. It’s all that other stuff that follows where I get bogged down.