Posted November 12, 2010on:
Wow, that’s even uglier than NaNoWriMo. But I like it better.
Why? Because it’s something I made up, first of all. Next of all, it’s a contest (at least, if it were a contest it would be a contest) that I might actually play and might even win. Well, let’s not get silly here, I’d likely not win, because I don’t write that fast.
I should think it obvious that this hideous appellation stands for National Short Story Writing Month. Even though I am a writer, and even an author, I don’t participate in NaNoWriMo. I am insanely competitive, as all who know me can attest, and I don’t like to lose, so often times I prefer not to play. If I did play, I’d take it too seriously to have any fun, which is why I play solitaire type games, or games with no clear ending, or games where the goal is to get a faster time, or games where chance is a strong element so it’s not my fault. Since I am such a slow writer I would never get a novel done in a month, except by dropping every other element of my life and shrieking at everyone to leave me alone so I could concentrate.
Not a good way to keep your day job.
And I wouldn’t think of it as “Oh gee, well, at least I got X thousand words written.” It’s not a novel. It’s not complete. So it doesn’t count. (See? Competitive.) With NaShoStoWriMo the issue wouldn’t be can I get a short story done in time, it would be how many. I can do a short story in less than a month. I did Chasing His Own Tale in, like, 2 weeks. One week to agonize over how I could never write such a thing, and another week to have a brilliant idea and write it. Let’s not forget Bite Deep, the story I did for the Heat of the Moment anthology, which just received new life as an independent release. I had a mere 2 weeks to get that done and I did. Yay, me. I wrote Off the Map in three weeks, I think, but I was unemployed at the time. I got Noisemaker done very quickly (for the PARSEC contest), and Steampunk Santa thing not only was a lot of fun, it had a deadline. I like deadlines. Something to beat.
Do you like a good deadline?