The NaNo dust has settled. In the end, there were 143,867 words written in November that produced a novel. In editing there’ll be plenty of cutting, but there are a few missing pieces, too.
How long will it eventually be? I don’t know, and right now I don’t care. That’s enough novel work for the moment.
My focus now is on my new tradition: Short Story December. I’ve never called the month that before, but I’m declaring it so this year. It’s been an evolutionary process to this point, but now it’s official.
The move in this direction happened in August 2015 when I discovered that, yes, I could write a short story. When I finished NaNoWriMo early that November I went on a short story rampage that lasted for two weeks. The following year I did much the same. Last year the short story writing carried over into December.
This year, because I finished the novel with little time to spare, I found myself lamenting not having time for short stories at the end of NaNo. So, why not set aside December for them?
It’s a nice change of pace, but I’m still productive and it’s a bit of a gift to myself. For one, it doesn’t take long to complete each one. More important, though, is that while my short stories span all times of year, I love writing at least one or two holiday stories.
Give me snowflakes!
*Most of my short stories take place in Pannulus off the coast of the Tremjara continent, but they do have a holiday season.
So, I’ve arrived at Short Story December and am already loving it. I finished writing my second short story on the 5th, the same day I thought up the third that I’ll start writing today. Each story is 4-5K and takes me 2-3 days. My pace is purposefully casual. I’m trying to recover from NaNo, after all. Too, a slower pace gives me more time to come up with the next story.
Thing is, though, my pace thus far is still faster than I’d intended (it’s currently a NaNo pace), but I’m not going to worry about it. If I slow down as the month progresses that’s fine. If I have to take breaks and edit some of these stories that’s fine too. All that matters is staying productive, enjoying my writing time, and stockpiling short stories. Oh how I love adding more.
I currently have 34 viable shorts, 4 others on the website, and a handful more that would need a lot of revising to be viable. Of those in the 34, 8 have made it to my beta reader (besides the four on the website) and 6 more are close to ready for her. Keep in mind that 34 will be 35 by the weekend and even more by the end of the month.
Okay, enough numbers. I’m ready for that third short story…