Short Storying My Way Out of My 4th NaNoWriMo

One more day of NaNoWriMo remains. I’m exhausted‚ yet I’ll be sad to see it go. I ache, literally, but it’s been the most successful of my four, eclipsing even 2015. I dream of sleep, yet it’s still a relief after the drudgery of 2016 when my health was compromised.

National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month

Seriously, 2017 went as I’d have drawn it up in my dreams. Gratitude? There’s no end to my thankfulness for this November and I don’t want it to end.

Last week, on Thanksgiving, I talked about ending the novel. Technically, I finished it on the 22nd, but it had its hooks in me so deep I couldn’t let it go. For two more days I made minor insertions in it, my word counts low, but my joy enduring.

It had to end, of course.

On the 25th I broke away. I’d promised myself that if I finished early I’d devote the remainder of the month drafting short stories (a further parallel to 2015). Lucky for me I had a short story in mind, one that had been bouncing around in the back of my brain for months.

Once I started that was all the prod I needed. The floodgates opened and the bouncy, fun tale (with some serious undertones) flowed out. Oh, I do love short stories for a change of pace. I couldn’t have been more pleased. On the second day, a second short story. The third day I returned to Ontyre for one of my best short stories.

So far, five short stories in five days. All are around 5K.

Writer doubts are a funny thing. Whenever I don’t draft short stories for awhile I begin believing I’ve lost the ability to do so. It’s an irrational fear, but it happens. It’s possible it comes from having taken so long to get the hang of writing them in the first place.

Good gosh, I now have 32! short stories in various stages of revising (33 after today). There’s also a couple I pulled from the website because they need to reflect my current skill level and one ready to go up there next month. I like to think of my short story stockpile as a savings account, though their value is yet to be determined. Next year, I tell myself, next year…

Courtesy: Pixabay

Courtesy: Pixabay

November 30th. What will today’s story be about? I honestly don’t know yet, but I’ve promised myself it’ll have a holiday theme. Yes, on Ontyre there’s a winter holiday season. I’m still not certain it’ll be an Ontyre story (not all are), but maybe.

When I have most of a day to devote to a short story my normal approach is to brainstorm the plot early in the morning (unless I performed the step the night before just before bed … not last night, unfortunately). I then spend several hours thinking on the plot, turning it over and over in my head before finalizing the handful of characters and jumping into the drafting by afternoon. By late evening … a story!

So, that’s my update. I’d be amiss this late in the NaNo process if I didn’t extend my sincere thanks to all those who’ve supported me through November, and none more so than those at #NovWritingChallenge (soon to be #DecWritingChallenge)!

For those of you still fighting for your win, the best of luck today.

Next week? NaNo by the numbers…

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