Prepping for NaNoWriMo



I’ve been doing NaNoWriMo for quite a while now. I started when I was back in college as a sophomore and that first year was the only year I actually completed the challenge. A bunch of unfinished novels later, here I am, prepping for another year of literary struggle! I was debating between re-working/finishing an older NaNoWriMo novel that I recently fell back in love with, or writing something new and different.

I’ve decided to go with new and different. Although, it won’t be a novel. Instead I’m aiming to write five 10,000 word short stories! This is COMPLETELY out of my comfort zone, I’m actually terrible at writing short stories, they always end up turning into long winded novels by the end! So this will be a challenge in more ways than one, but also, it makes for an easier to monitor goal, that is a lot easier to track, since each story has a pretty strict word-limit, which makes tracking my progress easier! Another departure from the norm that I’m taking is that I want to write more creepy/horror type short stories.

I love reading horror/thriller/creepy stories, but I’ve never been good at writing them. I already have some ideas for the five short stories written down, so I’m excited to actually take a stab at them! It’ll be a challenge all around and that super exciting! Not to mention, NaNoWriMo month marks the one year anniversary of my friendship with Ellen! Our girl gang, lovingly referred to as Ladies Write Out, started as Meagan, Ellen, and I were all writing stories and wanted to do so together while chatting. It was the beginnings of glorious friendship and became a year round meet up on Thursday nights, with a rotating cast of different amazing ladies! (Although the three of us have been constants!) NaNoWriMo means a lot to me because of this, so I’m really pumped to make this year a victory! (Hopefully!)

Wish me luck! Is anyone else participating in NaNoWriMo this year? I’d love to hear about your story ideas if you are!


By Jess

A bookworm since the tender age of whenever I stopped chewing on books and started actually reading them. A cat-mom, graphic designer, and introvert originally from Pittsburgh, but now resides in the humid, hot, state of Texas. Cheers!