NaShoStoWriMo! My Version of NaNoWriMo

It’s been inspirational to see so many people participating in NaNoWriMo – and I was thrilled to see our own RSPC founder Steven D’Adamo roaring through it with over 10,000 words written so far. Go Steven!

I decided to challenge myself to a version of NaNoWriMo – with short stories. It’s NaShoStoWriMo (because one good abbreviation deserves another) and anyone is welcome to join me. I have challenged myself to write 5 short stories a week for November. That will be 20 stories by the end of the month. I have not set a particular word count for the stories, allowing it to range from 500 – 3000 per story. I have also not placed any restrictions on topic or style. I have hit my mark for the first week and am only a little behind for week two. We will see where this goes – but I am definitely not expecting 20 O. Henry masterpieces! Maybe one or two gems will result, maybe not.

My confession is that those 5 stories I wrote last week are the first 5 short stories I have written since elementary school. For reasons that are mysterious to me, I seem to have trouble committing to write short stories. Epic length novels and poetry, no problem – but anything in the mid-range word count? Nope. So I am using NaShoStoWriMo to try to correct this omission. I enjoy reading short stories and truly admire a well crafted one.

I plan to post a few of them here on RSPC – as I accumulate a list of titles, I may post that and take a vote for which ones y’all would like to read based on title alone (simultaneously doing research on what titles are the most eye-catching to folks). So stay tuned!

No matter what form your NaNoWriMo takes – keep it up! I think the Ides of NaNoWriMo is the most difficult to sustain the writing momentum through.

~Marcy Erb of Illustrated Poetry

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