I hold my hands up: I’m struggling more than I expected to.
This is partly because I’ve been so busy in November, both at work (I have a full-time job) and out of it. But it’s also because I’m thoroughly out of practise at this kind of sustained writing.
For over seven months now I’ve been writing short stories. A lot of short stories. After that, NaNoWriMo obviously comes as a shock to the system, but why?
The other morning I was researching something and fell down a wiki rabbit hole, which ended up with me having a beautiful idea for a short story. I’m aware already that it could only be a flash piece, just a moment in time. Flash fiction freezes an instant like a flashbulb. It gives you the bare minimum, then it leaves you with one image burned into your brain.
This idea doesn’t have the depth to grow into a novel, but that’s what I like about writing short stories. I like the immediacy of having an idea, an image, and creating a world in miniature.
I’ve found that I’m rushing the novel, skipping from one scene to another in search of the most interesting flashbulb moments and leaving all the filler for another time. I keep thinking to myself, Why should there be filler at all? Why can’t it be a series of beautiful, dramatic or hilarious moments?
Perhaps I’m not cut out to write novels, or perhaps I just need more practise in separating the two types of writing. I need to stop approaching this as if it’s just another short story, but longer.
As of posting this I need to write 6000 words today to catch up. Hoping that with the Manchester Wrimo write-in tonight I can make it! Anyone who hasn’t added me yet, follow my progress here.
Is anyone else struggling big time?