I asked you to give me some guidance on this year’s Nano – the writing challenge to produce a 50,000 word novel during November. I gave you four possibilities and you came up with a range of opinions all of which were fascinating and thought provoking but ultimately not decisive. Maybe this isn’t the way forward this year.
I was thinking about this while Dog and I were on a perambulation yesterday and it hit me. Be different. I’ve met a lot of people who write short stories and I’ve done a few but not as many as I’d like to say I have; not enough to enter a few competitions for instance. The solution is obvious. Use Nano to create a portfolio. Assuming I survive long enough I’ll probably write the books I suggested, so this would really be a challenge. I need something to put me to the task. It’s what I need just now.
So, and crucially Dog agreed, what if I write the 1667 words per day to achieve the Nano goal but in the form of a series of shorts. What about a
This would be 30 separate short stories each 1667 words long written and posted during November which at the end could form a little book.
Clearly so as not to cheat I can’t start before 31st October, though I think prompts and ideas are allowed pre launch.
And that means I need help. Your help. I need those prompts. And I need picture prompts in particular.
If you’d like to help me the please send me a picture to
Please make sure the picture can be used on my blog. So a free to use or one of your own would be best. Preferably it will have more than sky or sea on it to give my imagination a nudge. You’ll be given full credits, of course.
Or send me (or leave a comment with) a ten word prompt – that can be an idea, an opening, a short summary of the main trigger event, a closing or what you like.
I reserve the right to:
- select which I use
- change the prompt
- change my mind
- change the rules, especially around the length of each. I’ll aim to make it 1667, but that may prove to be the troublesome piece.
But I’ll try it and see how I go.
Don’t think you need to stop sending me ideas on 31st October. Keep them coming.
If you were minded to share this with others so they might send me their ideas that would be great.
I think I’m likely to make a small fool of myself with this one, but, hey-ho, you’re only young once.