NaNoWriMo 2016. Does It Have To Be A Novel?

I’ve been writing to the shorter attention span for so long I’m having a hard time thinking in novel length.

The pieces I’ve written for my NaNoWriMo 2016 project make more sense to me as short stories than a novel. Yes, they could be pieced together through a main character or characters, which could be interesting. And they could also work as individual stories in part of a series, which would save me the work of having to really work them into one big story.

But would it be the right thing to do, with all these words? The challenge is called National Novel Writing Month, not National Short Story Month. (Hey! There’s an idea!)

I’ve said it before, my main purpose for participating in NaNoWriMo this year was to work on building my habits. My habit of putting my rear in the chair and the words onto paper or screen. To write what needed to be written.

I was able to reach the target of 50,000 words, so I’d say I got the habit part going. I’m currently nearing 57,000 words!

Now I have to decide what to do with all these words! As I keep working on the habit part through the end of the month and adding to the story and working out more of the kinks, maybe they’ll become the novel I envisioned. Maybe not?

An Experiment

I’m learning how to use Mail Chimp, another piece of the author marketing puzzle, the ones the experts lay out and show you how to put together. If you subscribe using this link here, you will receive updates to my NaNoWriMo 2016 Writers Journey blog. I plan to share my experience as I write, edit and navigate the publishing worlds, self and traditional, until my story is finished and in the hands of readers.

Thank you for your support.

Nanci Arvizu, Writing and Reviews Editor

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