We’re now halfway through October, and NaNoWriMo is creeping up on us, which means I’m busy making plans!
I’ve decided to be something of a NaNo rebel this year though, and am not writing a novel. Instead I’m going to attempt to write 50,000 words worth of short stories instead.
Right now I’m not sure if it’s going to be easier or harder, as on one hand I have to keep coming up with ideas, but also I surely shouldn’t get bored with my project? I did sucessfully write 30,000 words of short stories for a Camp NaNoWriMo a while back, but the differences between a daily target of 1,000 words and 1,667 seems massive when I think about it…
But I’m trying to give myself the best chance of success possible by planning ahead. I’m making loose plans for lots of short stories, and I’m mixing up the genres and styles so I hopefully don’t get bored. Thankfully I have an Evernote folder on my phone full of ideas that I’m using, and I’ve been looking up interesting writing prompts and researching things like myths and legends (because I always love writing about those!).
The only problem is I don’t know how many stories I should plan, as I won’t really know how long each is going to be until I start writing. I think I might try for 30, to be sure, but I wouldn’t have thought I’ll be doing one a day (and saying it like that makes it sound like a much bigger challenge!).
I’m certainly not kidding myself that all my stories will be great, but by the law of averages, surely some of them will be OK as a jumping off point? Part of the reason I decided to write short stories this year is because when I’ve written 50,000 word of a novel in previous years, I haven’t ended up doing anything with them. I’m hoping that this way I can take various stories I’ve written throughout the month and edit them into something publishable!
So what will you be working on during NaNoWriMo, and how are you preparing? Have you ever been a NaNo rebel and written something other than a novel?