I enjoy participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNo) each year. It’s helped me to successfully write the first draft of a novel for each of the past three years.
But this year, I wanted something different. I’m going to be busier than in previous years, and since my novels tend to not get truly finished until the end of December due to 80,000+ word lengths, I wanted to write something that would actually be finished at the end of November.
A short story rarely takes more than a few days to write, so if I’m in the middle of one at the end of NaNo, it won’t take me much time to complete. Another benefit of short stories is that they’re far easier to edit than a novel, which means I can have them ready to submit for publication in a much smaller amount of time.
I also like the challenge of writing 50,000 words of short stories in a single month. It’s something I’ve never done before, and I’m sure it will help me grow as a writer.
That’s why I decided to be a NaNo rebel this year and write 50,000 words of short stories.
Are you doing NaNo this year? Have you ever been a NaNo rebel?