Nanowrimo 2014. 50k of short stories in a month!

It’s coming up to Nanowrimo again isn’t it? That’s National Novel Writing Month for the uninitiated. That’s when you sign up to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. Or 50,000 words worth of short stories in my case.  It works out at about 1660 words a day. I love it. I love deadlines. Even if they are self imposed ones!

I’ve done it for the last two years. I thought you might be interested in some stats.  I do love stats! This is what I did last year.

  • 25 stories written.
  • 17 of those sold to date.
  • 5 still circulating.
  • 3 still need work so not out there yet.
  • Income from stories to date £2985.00

Not bad for a months work. It wasn’t of course really a month’s work because  I edited a lot of them in December although I did edit about five in November as well as write them.

But what I really love about Nano is the freedom to just start a new story each day without worrying about the previous day’s. Because I’m writing so many I don’t worry if one doesn’t work out – who cares? I just start again the following day. It’s very liberating.

Am I going to do it again this November? You bet I am. The way I see it you can’t lose. Even if you don’t complete the target – I fell short in 2013 by about 14k – you still end up writing more than you would have done anyway. So who’s in? Will you be doing Nano this year?

And while we’re on the subject of short stories can I just mention that one of my books on writing short stories, The Short Story Writer’s Toolshed, is only 99p for kindle from now (assuming you’re reading this on Sunday 25 October 2015) until 31st October 2015. Just in case you need any inspiration. 🙂

Happy writing!


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