NaNoWriMo Planning: The Decision

I finally came to a conclusion about my plans for November. My goals may be way too ambitious and might be impossible to complete, but I’ll try my best, and if I don’t succeed, at least I will have some of my goals accomplished. Even writing 100 words is better than writing nothing at all.

1. I’m going to keep writing XIII. As I’ve said in previous posts, I’ve wanted to finish this story for way too long to keep putting it off. It is simultaneously the greatest pleasure and the bane of my existence. However, I’ll probably only write one scene per day instead of one chapter per day, as I had wanted. Some of the XIII chapters consist of three or more scenes, so one chapter can be well over 4,000 words long. It’s a huge effort to write 4,000 words a day, especially if you have a job, other obligations, and the need for food and sleep. I doubt I could manage it even if I spent all day in a padded cell containing nothing but a computer with no Internet connection.

2. My NaNoWriMo idea (which is hopefully not as high maintenance as other ideas I’ve proposed in previous posts) is to write a series of short stories, sketches, vignettes, anecdotes, micro-fiction—whatever you want to call them—about my fictional town and the characters in it. This idea is within the “rules” of NaNoWriMo—you can write a group of short stories as long as the entire document meets the 50,000-word goal. I got the idea because I was reading a bunch of William Faulkner’s and Marcel Proust’s short stories (because, quite honestly, I didn’t have the patience or time to read one of their novels), many of which were just short sketches with no plot. I figured the short story idea will also help me with my worldbuilding, too, so in essence, I would be killing two birds with one stone.

Will I be completely insane by the time November ends? It’s likely. But I’ll be glad if I’m just one small step closer. 🙂

16 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Planning: The Decision”

  1. I’ve seen several blogs referring to the NaNoWriMo. I didn’t know that it could also be written as a group of short stories. I’m a much less experienced writer than you, but I must find more info, because it’s on my list as well. Good luck!


  2. I think it can be a great idea to write shorter pieces set in the same world you’re writing about in a novel (or a series of novels). It can really fill things in and allow you to explore secondary characters (or characters who had been secondary 🙂 ) and stories.

    And, of course, any one of those shorter pieces could give you an idea for something bigger. Good luck!


    1. I definitely recommend it! Yes, it is a bit scary, but even if you don’t win, you’ll still have something down… and that’s much better than nothing!


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