A nano NaNo - My November Challenge

I’ve never really taken part in NaNoWriMo. For a lot of reasons, but for one, that thing is daunting. And it’s not that I don’t like setting goals or I’m afraid to dream big. Shoot, a big chunk of my blogs include where I’m at and how much I’m missing my goals.

I love goals. Goals are super important. I’ll probably have a post soon about goals and all that, but this is about November for moi.

Flash Fiction

My challenge to myself this year is to write a 100-word short story every day. Or at least, I want 30 of the stories finished by the end of the month. I have plans for the stories that you’ll see after awhile, but that’s the basics of my goal.

“Gee, Cameron, 3,000 words is way shorter than 40,000 words, why don’t you want to try?”

First off, hey, be nice. Secondly, this will pose a real challenge because for one week I’ll be pretty much completely out of pocket, and another week will be Thanksgiving, so I’ll be spending more time with family than anything else.

It’s also harder than it seems to tell a good story in just 100 words.

Think about it. I have just 100 words to show a compelling character, deep world, interesting conflict, and provide a somewhat satisfying resolution or at least an ending that doesn't seem clipped. It’s not super easy. That’s 7 to 10 sentences. That translates to:

  • A couple sentences of setting

  • A sentence or two to introduce a character

  • A sentence to bring a conflict

  • A couple sentences to deal with the conflict

  • And a sentence to close out the narrative

There’s not much to work with. So the challenge then is in working out just how to deliver the most information in the most efficient way. Often, a single sentence or statement will tell loads about the world. It’ll be a lot of fun figuring out how to do exactly that.

So there it is. That’s my NaNo goal, if you will. I’m excited to dive in and see what I can come up with.

Plus, I’ll be continuing in the world of Venison getting ready for Season 2, and of course the release of Chomp the Halls toward the end of the month. A lot of fun things going on, and I can’t wait to dive in!

PS. I’ve been doing some fun things over on my Instagram, so be sure to give a follow! I think you’ll like what you see!