After due consideration - and not a little last minute flip flopping - I decided not to enter the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) project. For those of you who don't know about it NaNoWriMo is run every November with the participants aiming to write a novel length story (of at least 50,000 words) within the month. Starting from scratch completing a story within such a timeframe is quite a task, and having not really thought about it before hand I opted myself out of this one. Several of the really nice peeps I follow on Twitter are going for it and my hats go off to them along with my best wishes - but most of all I send my wishes of luck and creativity to one of our Poised Pen group who is doing it for the first time (I won't name her for fear of putting any added pressure on her!). Kudos all!


That said, I like the idea of having a decent target for the end of November outside of the NaNoWriMo so I'm going to have my own target(s) to complete by the end of the month. Instead of 50,000 words on one novel I'm going to go for 25,000 words. For this I'm splitting these in to re-writing three of my flash fictions (probably taking two from 500 words up to 2000 words, and one from 500 to 1000 words) and then the one biggy of a 20,000+ words story - of course I'm calling this challenge NaNoWriMo-Lite!

  1. Flash Fiction 1 - 1000 words
  2. Short Fiction 1 - 2000 words
  3. Short Fiction 2 - 2000 words
  4. Novella length story - 20,000 words

There you go - I've put that out there now. So I'll have to tell you all why I haven't done these if I don't. Unfortunately as I will be aiming to put these into various competitions then they won't be getting put up on the website until each has been thoroughly rejected and torn apart (or much less likely won something!).



November is a big deal for lots of enthusiastic creative writers out there as it is National Novel Writing Month (or #NaNoWriMo to all those that Tweet).

It is a new idea to me and I have thought - just a little - about doing it. The idea is that you sign up to doing it on the website, start thinking about your plot ideas between now and then, and then - in November - write a 50,000 word (or more) novel within the month. Following website signup (which you can link to from this page) there promises to be lots of other writers who can motivate each other through this ambitious month. The help of all those around you undertaking the same challenge and going through the same problems - and hopefully finding some useful solutions to them - must be a good motivational tool. In these days of the world wide web those around you could be absolutely anywhere and the process can no doubt lead to some good friendships developing even if some will be long distance.

It's certainly a laudable idea and I'm sure it helps a lot of writers, breaking it down into daily chunks - if you could do it every day it's only about 1666 words a day, which equates to two or three of the
usual flash fictions per day.

I'm still considering it, but currently I'm thinking that while I do want to try and write a novel -
or more likely novella - that rather than constrain myself to that month why not start now and either just 'finish when I finish' or better still aim for the end of November anyway? Even if aiming for a 50,000 word novel that would be a much more achievable 700 words a day from today. It's definitely food for thought!

(incidentally this little blog item above is 299 words, so almost half of what would be needed to write 50,000 words by the end of November...)