A Month of Short Stories

by syaffolee

After novel writing in July, I decided to write a bunch of short stories during August (totaling 50,000 words) for a change of pace.  It was easier and harder at the same time.  Easier, because I think of myself more as a short story writer rather than a novel writer, and harder because I am also working on another writing project (i.e. the dissertation) which for a myriad of reasons is more important.

At any rate, I managed to reach the 50k mark at 8:30 PM yesterday. (Whew!)

One of my short stories will probably appear in the upcoming 2011 Augnowrimo anthology sometime in the next month or two.  It’s called “Out Are the Lights.”  A photojournalist is paired up with a Hunter S. Thompson-esque reporter he doesn’t particularly like for a story on rare earthworms. But they get more than they bargained for.  It’s written in male first person, a point of view I normally don’t do.

Anyways, there’s just one last leg of this binge writing to go before I have about a month to prepare for the main Nanowrimo event.  Over Labor Day weekend, I will be doing the 3-Day Novel Contest.  I’ll be frantically outlining today and tomorrow before plunging into the story.

And hopefully, I’ll emerge after the long weekend still sane.