Oct 5, 2014
Can you believe that NaNoWriMo managed to sneak up on me even with 11 months notice? A friend of mine asked a bit ago if I was doing Nano this year and my response was, “Huh? What month is it. Really?”. Talk about not paying attention.
After the last three attempts to Nano (yes it's now a verb) I have been left with some projects that I'm still having fun with. Which is a soft way of saying, “Not yet finished”, but I still like the stories and the direction they are going. The thought of starting yet another full novel on top of those didn’t sit very well with me. So, failing a massive inspirational bolt of lightning from the sky, this year I am going to attempt to put together some short stories into a single book collection.
Something I have never had any talent for by the way. Short Stories. In my literary world it takes six or seven chapters just to introduce the main character. So it will be a learning process and that is what nano is partly about anyway.
Through the course of writing for my ongoing projects, ideas and side notes for other writings have always popped up. So I should have enough starter material already in my novel notes to round out 50,000 words this year. I hope anyway.
The range of ideas is all over from every day narrative though a post apocalypse. Amazing how far off track the mind wanders while writing.
While toying with the idea of submitting one of my projects for publishing I have found many publishers that are looking for short stories. Mostly sci-fi and horror from what I can tell. Who knows, maybe some helpful beta readers will point out one or two that are enjoyable enough to submit and get my name out there in actual print for the first time.
Anyway, here’s looking forward to another Nanovember. Good luck to all the writers out there on your attempts at reaching a 50,000 word count.
Lifetime Achievement: Total NaNo Word Count
- Spokane, Washington, USA
- anything Geeky
- Favorite noveling music:
- I seem to get the most writing done with absolute silence. This also has the added side effect of making my boisterous indignations when disturbed much more dramatic.
- sidewalk lawyer in the court of common sense
- Favorite books or authors:
- US History, Fantasy and Sci-Fi feature most prominently on my bookshelves. If a book about Thomas Jefferson using elvish magic to fight off aliens would sell, I'll be the guy to write it.