There is a great disturbance in the force. Can you feel it?
It’s almost National Novel Writing Month! Nanowrimo! If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a writing challenge starting Nov. 1, lasting until the end of that month. The goal: write 50,000 words, the equivalent of a short novel. This is a seat-of-the-pants writing experiment that’s been around a number of years now, and it’s a lot of fun. It’s free to sign up (so far as we’re aware), and you can connect with other writers in your area who are going through the same experience: creative composition, crammed into one month!
Here’s their mission statement:
“National Novel Writing Month believes in the transformational power of creativity. We provide the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds—on and off the page.”
You can check out their page for more information: http://nanowrimo.org/about
Now, of course, DeadLights Horror Fiction Magazine doesn’t accept novels nor novellas, so this is a little outside of our purview (nor do we have anything to do with Nanowrimo, though it is not a business, technically; it’s a non-profit. Maybe that’s the same-difference, sort of, but it is what it is, as they say). We, as you know, love to encourage creativity, and all outlets that aspire to that end.
SO! Here’s an idea: what if, instead of shooting for that 50,000 word mark, telling one tale, and one tale only, you shot for that 50,000 word mark by writing six or seven short stories, each about 7,000 to 8,000 words?
You’d have a hell of a lot of editing to do after the month of November is up, but you’d have about six or seven (maybe more!) stories under your belt. Fresh off the presses. Ready to be sent off to … well, to us, we hope … but, really, any publication out there! Or, one story for each publication you love. Or …
You get the idea!
Really, though, this is looking like it will be a lot of (pain) fun, and so, if you’re a seat-of-the-pantser, check it out! And if you’re a plotter – ready, set, plot! You have a little time left …