Monday, November 1, 2010

Writing Challenges for November

As I warm up my fingers to start typing for NaNoWriMo,  I have something new for you. Call it procrastination if you will - I'm calling it creativity.

I was reading a few tweets about writing, and I stumbled upon a reference to Hemingway that I had heard before, but never really thought about.  After a little more digging, I found a whole blog dedicated to it: Six Word Stories. Here is how it is explained on the site: "In the 1920s, Ernest Hemingway’s colleagues bet him that he couldn’t write a complete story in just six words. They paid up. Hemingway is said to have considered it his best work." So what was his story?
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There is a strange power to those six words. Other blogs have similar contests where they pick a topic and readers write in with their short stories. I really like this idea, so let's give it a shot.  Every day in November I am going to try to post a 6 word story of my own - a Super Short Story. Each week I'll have a topic, and you can feel free to add your own story to the comments or email me your masterpiece. I'm not saying I can compete with Hemingway, but maybe the constant pressure of NaNoWriMo will be eased slightly when I do my Super Short Story each day. And I'm curious to see what you can come up with as well. I'll post my first one later today.

Not willing to stop at one challenge, I've also signed up for NaBloPoMo - National Blog Posting Month. And as it sounds, the goal is to post to my blog once a day every day in November. The two challenges go hand-in-hand, and although November may be the worst month to try all of this (for many reasons, not the least of which is the beginning of the holiday season), I'm going to give it a shot.

Now, off to spend time with Lucie...

1 comment:

  1. I have yet to understand why they chose November for these challenges... I mean, really? The first two weeks are okay, but then comes the preparation for the beginning of the Holidays and THAT just gets crazy! Lol!

    Well, good luck on both of your quarries! I, too, hope to post 30 in 30, but we shall see how that goes! (I'm already ahead of last year's total, so I chalk it up as a win!) Happy Writing!