So, where exactly am I with my NaNo wordcount, you ask? Woefully behind, writers, woefully behind! Like, I haven’t written in almost a week. **cringe** I know. But a couple of things (ok, four things).
- One: every NaNo-inspired word is one word that might not have otherwise found it to the page.
- Two: It’s technically not too late to catch up (although it might be too late to do so gracefully).
- Three: Not to make excuses, but I’m in the middle of Round 2 of the NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge. More on that here.
- Four: I am rounding out the last day of a really excellent writing conference at the University of Wisconsin. My head is swimming with writing tips, revelations, and inspiration, I have met some amazing writers and professors, and I have tons of leads on publishing and contest opportunities, organizations to join, books to read (SO MANY BOOKS TO READ), etc., etc.
So … sorry, not sorry, NaNo project. I will get back to you friend, I promise.
One thing I managed last month, in the midst of what otherwise felt like a general writing slump, was to submit my second short story in the NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge. Contestants in each round are assigned a genre, character, and subject and asked to write a very short story (1000 words or less) in just 48 hours. There are four challenges in this contest. Contestants who do well enough on their first two stories move on to the second of three rounds.
You can read my Round 1, Challenge 2 flash fiction piece, Ruadhán of the Heath, here. My assignment for this challenge was fantasy, a bonfire, and a first-aid kit.
And you can read my Round 1, Challenge 1 flash fiction piece, Juror Number Twelve, here. My assignment was horror, a jury room, and a hard-boiled egg.
Guys, this is the beauty of contests: accountability and deadlines. Wish me luck!
Hi writers! Last weekend I participated in the first round of the NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge. Contestants in each round are assigned a genre, character, and subject and asked to write a very short story (1000 words or less) in just 48 hours. See my earlier post about the screenwriting challenge for more information about why I like NYC Midnight challenges.
You can read my Round 1 flash fiction piece, Juror Number Twelve, here. My assignment was horror, a jury room, and a hard-boiled egg.