The Long and the Short of It
I've written my last short story. No, not for ever but for a while. I've got a few short stories to tweak and edit but as for starting to write a spanking new story from scratch, that's it. Why? Well, I've made a choice and I'm going to spend time on my novel. I know now I'm not someone who can do both at the same time. While I'm completing my novel, I need to concentrate on that and immerse myself in the story, converse and interact with my characters and get the writing done. Those of you who have been following my blog will know that it's going on a bit now and the first draft needs to be finished.
During July, I took part in CampNaNoWriMo. CampNaNoWriMo is a more open-ended version of the original November event in which I took part. The organisation welcomes word-count goals anywhere between 10,000 and 1,000,000! The idea is that you have a virtual creative retreat where you write to achieve the goal you've set yourself in the company and support of other writers. A big thank you to Kath Eastman for inviting me to join her 'cabin'. Congratulations, Kath, on achieving an impressive word count on your new novel! I knew from the outset that July was going to be a very busy month for me with lots of family celebrations so in the end I set my goal at 12,000 words. In the end, I'd written 13,474 words. Each one of those words took me a step nearer to finishing the first draft. Apart from the week when I was in Manchester, I did write practically every day and this is what I see now when I open my page. This way of writing is not for everyone but I've learned so much in my first effort.
I've now written over 71,000 words of the first draft and am well on my way to finishing. This is something I'm determined to do without any more distractions from short stories but I'm sure the pull to write one will still be there. I like the fact that you can finish a complete story in a relatively short space of time and the sense of achievement that brings. I also know that 'getting it right' will be when the real work begins but for now I need to get the book written!
What about you? Can you write short stories along side writing your novel? How do you get the balance right? Perhaps you started by writing short stories but now you mainly write novels. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.
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