It’s almost that time again. In little over a month, Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) will be in full swing again. I will once again take part.
I decided last week I was going to be what they call a Nano rebel. I will not write a novel this November. Rather, I will attempt to write at least 50,000 words worth of short fiction during the time period.
This may or may not make me an official rebel, actually. The Nanowrimo website suggests that a collection of short stories with the same theme or characters or that are otherwise connected in some way does not necessarily fall outside the “normal” Nanowrimo experience. Unrelated short stories during the month would, however. At this point I don’t know if I am going to simply write as many words for random stories I have been thinking about, or if I will set aside a specific common theme for them, like I did with Thank You For Ten: Short Fiction About a Little Theater. So I don’t know if officially I will be considered a rebel this year or not. It doesn’t much matter, of course; the point is to write, and write I shall. I have some time to consider if I am going for theme or for variety.
Not having done Nanowrimo this way before, I don’t know what to expect exactly. My guess is that in some ways it will be easier, because I will have more complete arcs in shorter time. Yet I also considered it could be more difficult than a novel, because with a novel once can explore and elaborate and meander a bit. Shorter fiction does allow that as much, so it may be more difficult to “get on with it” as it were. I’ll find out in five weeks I suppose.
I’m far behind on my short story writing goals this year anyway, as I have mentioned several times here on the blog. This will at least get me somewhat closer to that goal, if nothing else.
So is anybody else doing Nanowrimo this year? Any fellow Rebels among my blog readership?