Hey guys! This is literally the breakdown of what happened when writing my short stories for the NaNoWriMo challenge, and why I went about it the way I did.
Honestly, I had the idea for a long time to do four short stories, one for each Sunday in November (after 1st November, of course). This would allow me more time to work on different projects, and also to give me more breathing space. I did do a November short story challenge last year, but I felt burnt out after writing thirty short stories, so I wanted to change it up a bit. Plus it gave me a lot of time to work on different ventures.
Two of my stories came as repurposed versions of stories that I’d set aside for other projects, but I’d forgone because I simply didn’t have time for them.
It was strange just how I ended up writing these stories. I wrote them all to completion in September, after a worrying depressive spell. Honestly, at the time of writing, I had to get up early because of a delivery. That, as well as an early trip to the supermarket, gave me a lot of energy and innovation to get work done, and throughout that morning, I got to finish some leftover work, as well as these short stories. It was a stark contrast to the day before, where I couldn’t think of anything to write about.
I do still look towards the Writing Prompts subreddit for inspiration as to what I can write about. I find it’s a really good tool to spark inspiration, just in case you find that you’ve completely lost it somewhere down the line.
The big news is that one of these short stories will be going into my book. It will be selected as a ‘Reader’s Choice’, and the poll will go up on Twitter as this post goes live. So you’ll be able to vote for which of the stories should be fleshed out a bit more and given a slot in said book!
Would I do this again? Probably not until my book’s been published. I think a lot of things that I want to write now will end up going in the book. After then, I’ll probably write some more short stories, and who knows, even make a second book of them!