2020 NaNoWriMo Update

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This year I am writing short stories for National Novel Writing Month. Short stories, not a novel. I wanted to sate the thirsty rebel dwelling under my skin. And not just some half-arsed stories, but four stories that are written, edited, and submitted. I’m on schedule with two stories down and two to go.

What are my stories about? Slugs and Civil War ghosts, octopus gore, vampires in the Alaskan wilderness, and genetically manipulated canine hybrids.

(Technically, I haven’t submitted the second story yet. It’s late as I type this, and I don’t want to write a cover letter when I’m sleepy. I’ll submit it tomorrow, honest!)

Just to make things tougher on myself for this Nano project, I won’t submit to a publisher that only pays authors with a contributor copy. Sure, there are times when such remuneration is appropriate, especially for charity anthologies, but I wanted to raise the bar for Nano. I am submitting all four stories to flooded pro- or semi-pro markets where I have to compete with a bazillion other writers.

Which means my stories REALLY have to be polished. Oh, the pressure, the challenge! It’s great fun!

To everyone doing Nano, we’re halfway through the month, woohoo! Let’s keep it up!

80 thoughts on “2020 NaNoWriMo Update

  1. Wishing you much success with your stories and placement. I’m working away on my new novel, a murder memoir combining my life in cinema with a fictional mystery sidecar involving a porno snuff moviemaking outfit, a missing drug stash and a 12 day b-movie shoot. 😃 Best Always.

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    1. It’s a good exercise even if the result is a crappy book. I threw my first Nano book away (well, deleted it), but I learned that I can put my put in a chair and type out 1667 words per day for 30 days straight, and that is a wonderful thing to learn about oneself! Thanks for commenting, S.D.!

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  2. That’s a great challenge, Priscilla, and I love the idea of short stories for NaNoWriMo. I participated once, and wrote the third novel in one of my series, and I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t as tough as trying to write something brand new from scratch. You got me thinking. Good luck with the stories and the submissions. Keep us posted!

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