Last year (2012), around mid-October, I heard about National Novel Writing Month and decided to myself “What the heck 50,000 words in 30 days doesn’t sound too bad, this should be a breeze”.  At this point I need to tell you a few things:

  1. I haven’t written piece of fiction since secondary school, although there are people at work who say I write fiction everyday. Boom boom.  Sorry poor joke I know.
  2. National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo as it is affectionately known, is about quantity rather than quality. Something I came to fully appreciate.
  3. I am a born procrastinator and I will start a zillion things but very rarely do I finish anything…

Anyhoo, on the first day I sat down and started with what I thought was a great idea but after around 8,000 words (around 6 days later) I ground to what can only be described as a painfully grinding halt.  Hmmm, maybe this writing malarkey was going to be harder than one thought.

I kept plugging away.  I read lots of blogs about writer’s block and was constantly checking the NaNoWriMo help pages to find that ‘golden nugget’ to inspire me.  Do you know what? I started to make some progress.  Then a bit more.  Then amazingly by the end of the month I had written 53,000 words, and in NaNoWriMo terms I was a winner.  A big fat massive achievement for me, I can assure you of that.

So I now had a ‘novel’ and even though it is nothing like what I thought it would be, in fact it was way better, sitting waiting for me to show it some TLC. At this point I should refer you back to point 3, I am and always will be a procrastinator.

One of my fears about picking back up my ‘novel’ is I am a newbie writer, struggle with getting grammar right and I haven’t found my “style”.  I know this because when I went to edit the first chapter I realised I was hacking away at the story rather than improving it.  Not a good idea.  So back on the shelf it went.

I went back to my normal routine and after a short while found there was something missing, something i couldn’t put my finger on.  Then about 2 months ago I realised I missed writing.  I missed the opportunity to sit down with my hands above the keyboard and allowing my mind ‘to do it’s thing’.

I am still not ready to edit my ‘novel’ yet as I really need to get in some writing practice.  How am I going to do this? By writing flash fiction, which is a story of 300 words or less.  My theory being if it is very very short I am more likely to sit down and write something, and to give me that extra push I am going to share these stories via this blog.  Eek.

So ends my ramble about me… and you will be pleased to know this ramble will probably be my longest post. ;)

#flashfiction #microfiction #fastfiction #shortstories #fables #fiction


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