I’ve been taking my blog title too seriously lately. I’ve been too distracted. (Mostly books, books and anime.) I also traveled in June and July, I got a new job in September at a bakery, and I finished the revisions to my manuscript this morning. It’s almost November and than means . . . gasp – NANOWRIMO.
Yes, I’ve signed up again for the novel writing, only this year I’m going to be a rebel. (That’s what we’re called, Nano rebels, because we’re not writing novels.) I intend to write short stories, with enough words to hopefully equal the usual goal of 50,000, but as long as I get around 10-12 short stories, I’ll be satisfied. Hopefully. It’s going to be a real challenge for me, since I’ve never been good with writing shorts. Is there such a thing as selective writer’s block? Because I’m pretty sure I have that when it comes to short form writing. I panic. I stare at the blank page/blank screen and there is nothing. I have some ideas, but honestly I think I need to put more effort into them.
I’ve never prepared myself much for Nanowrimo, other than a short 1 page summary about the beginning of the story, mostly about the main character and the challenges they’re facing. I usually only write YA and middle grade fantasy or science fiction, but those don’t make for sellable shorts.
Also, I’ve recently noticed something about my writing. In the beginning my stories tend to be kind of dry and lifeless. Mostly when I compare them to later on. They really get exciting say around chapter 4 or 5, and then pick up speed as they race along toward the climax. In other words they build slowly.
I would really like to capture the later excitement in the very beginning of my stories! How though? It’s a puzzle. So, my goal for November is to practice. A short stories need immediate conflict, excitement, and drama and then, I have to wrap it all up within a couple of thousands words. Eeeee, I’m already getting nervous.
Currently reading (and loving it) : Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly
On my Kindle: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher
Next up: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan