One short story a week
That’s Ray Bradbury’s advice: Write one short story a week, 52 short stories a year.
The best hygiene for for beginning writers, or intermediate writers, is to write a hell of a lot of short stories.
If you could write one short story per week. Doesn’t matter what the quality is to start. But at least you’re practicing. And at the end of the year you have 52 short stories.
And I defy you to write 52 bad ones. It can’t be done. It can’t be done. At the end of 30 weeks or 40 weeks or at the end of the year, all of a sudden a story will come that’s just wonderful.
— Ray Bradbury