Today is the first day of the crazy challenge that is National Novel Writing Month–affectionately known as NaNoWriMo to writers everywhere.
I have lost NaNo for the last three years. I’d love to say I gave it the good ole college try… but in reality, I just sorta petered out after a day or 10 because I was doing something I had no real enthusiasm for. See, I’m not a novel writer. I love to read a good book, but my attention span for writing is low. If I can’t finish a story in a sitting or two, it’s not going to be finished. I’m just not cut out (at least not yet), for the challenge of writing a full 50,000 word story.
Still– I love the idea of NaNo. I’m all over a good challenge… I mean, back when I was a design blogger, I challenged myself to decorate a 3-bedroom/2-bath condo for $2,000 (and it was almost done before the fire too!). So I spent the last week pondering how I could translate the challenge of NaNo into something that worked for me.
I think I figured it out.
My modified NaNo is to post a piece of flash fiction every day this month. I get 30 minutes to write it and whatever I write, whether finished or not, has to show up here by midnight each day. Maybe I should give myself a hashtag… #FlashMo?
Anyway, that’s my challenge. (And no, this post doesn’t count as today’s challenge… I’ll be back a little later with an actual story… I hope!)
If you’re a writer with ADD and can’t manage a novel this month either… feel free to join me. I’d love some #FlashMo companions! Just leave me a comment below to let me know you’re joining and I’ll work out a way to link us all up later.
Or just pop in to heckle me… whatever works for you.