If I were a short story writer …

I’d be done. I’m participating in NaNoWriMo this year. NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month and it’s an intensive activity that engages writers around the world to write the equivalent of a novel, 50,000 words, during the 30 days of November. (That’s 1,667 words a day if you were wondering.) NaNoWriMo has a great website and a supportive community. I encourage anyone who wants to dive into writing to have a go at this annual event. 

This isn’t my first go at NaNoWriMo but I’ve gone further than ever before with more than 12,000 words. I find myself stalled out. I love my story and my characters and the world-building I’ve done. I have completely entertained myself with my story but I’m not sure where to take it next. While I am way short of novel-length territory, but 10,000 words is a legitimate short story, so I’m thinking about claiming victory and imagining the bumper sticker that says, “If you were a short story writer, you would be proclaiming victory.”

Maybe I am and maybe I will. Keep writing, my friends!