Just a very short blog today because I am doing National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) You know – the challenge where you have to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. There’s no prize for succeeding, although I think you may get a virtual badge.
I discovered recently that I’m a nano rebel. Because – OK – time to fess up, I’m not writing a novel at all. I’m writing short stories. Writing 50,000 words worth of short stories would be far more use to me than writing a novel, I decided. But was it in the rules? Would I still qualify? Would I get my badge? I like getting badges! Anyway, apparently it’s fine to write short stories but I really am a Nano rebel (who knew?) If you want to find out if you’re a nano rebel click on the link below.
So how am I doing with the writing? Well, I started on the 1st November and so far I’ve written 11,953 words, which equates to 1992 per day apparently. And means I’m on target to finish my 50,000 words by November 26th. Oo-er! Mind you, that’s if I don’t have a day off, which I think is unlikely as I might end up dead from exhaustion – being as I also have to teach writing classes, do my other scheduled work and sleep occasionally.
I’ve written 6 short stories so far. They are not all finished, I hasten to add. Some of them are nearly finished. Some of them are not so nearly finished and may never reach that exalted state because I don’t know how to end them. Although I might do, one day!
Two of them – both 1000 words – are finished. I hooked them out of my Nano document, edited them and submitted them to magazines yesterday.
The acid test is whether or not they sell. I will keep you posted.
Am I enjoying the experience?
I am – immensely. It is very freeing just writing without editing as I go along – which is the essence of doing Nano.
Would I have usually written two stories since Friday and subbed them to magazines?
Possibly. But I wouldn’t have had another four draft stories (two of which, I think will work well) waiting in the wings. And hey, we’re only six days in.
Is it worth doing Nano?
Well it definitely is for me!
More Next Week.