I finally participated in NaNoWriMo, although technically it was NaSSWriMo, because I worked on short stories.
This may seem odd for someone who wrote a blog post five years ago in which I explored why one would not want to participate in this month-long extravaganza of word-gurgitation.
“I am not an extrinsically motivated writer,” I said in that post. “I write fiction at my own tempo. I write because I have no choice. I would write if I were the only writer in the world and, dare I say, if there were no readers…”
One concern expressed in the comments on my 2014 blog post is that NaNoWriMo encourages a glut of hastily constructed and poorly edited novels. This may be true for some, but I believe serious writers regard the month as a period of generation, after which will come a—probably much longer—period of reflection, editing, and polishing.
And so it will be for me.
My challenge, however, is to choose what to work on from the mound of material I’ve generated. So I’m asking for your help to prioritize. Just read through the brief synopses in the form below, and cast your vote!
I can’t get your “submit” button to work, so here are my (no-long anonymous) comments! First choice: poor Cyrus. I know someone who accidentally hit a police officer on an icy bridge, and he died as a result of the accident. It changed her life, radically. It’s a story I’ve thought about often and am intrigued to see what you would do with it fictionally. (2) The other story line that intrigues me is the one about a world where the characters know when you are going to die. That brings up all kinds of intriguing possibilities!
Sorry about the tech malfunction! Thanks for your feedback. I’ll add your notes into the mix and soon I’ll forget who said what 🙂
It was hard to choose and rank order. All have interesting themes. I look forward to critiquing all of them!
Thanks so much for taking the time to give feedback!
Great ideas, but I am opinionated. LOL!
Congrats on getting so much done during Nanowrimo! I noticed we didn’t have to verify our words this year. Yay! (Unless, I missed something. Wouldn’t be the first time!)
You didn’t miss anything: I did hear that the not verifying was new this year. A technical issue, I think?