“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”
― Audrey Hepburn
On the heels of the close of National Novel Writing Month I have to ask the question, how short is too short?
It may be that you simply don’t have a lot to say, or that words fail you at any given moment. Notice I never mentioned the dreaded writers block, mostly because I don’t believe in it.
Can you Google fiction of less than fifty thousand words? You’ll find it’s a pretty impressive list. And I’ll even bet you’ve probably read the top ten, or most of the top ten. I know you’ve heard of the titles on the list.
But the question here is the value of writing short.
Because, after all, this is a blog about writing; something most of us do every day. So here are a few questions you might want to consider even if you’re taking a much deserved break after NaNo.
- Do you write every day?
- Do you set an individual goal?
- Do you go by word count, page count or time in the chair?
- Do you write down your goals?
- Do you reward yourself when you meet your goals?
- Or do you simply beat yourself up when the goal is not met?
Statistically we do better when we can see our goals in writing. Write down what you want to accomplish and you are one step closer to meeting your goal.
This season of the year as we spend time with friends and family we look forward to the next big thing. With the approach of the New Year, many of us will think about resolutions. Making ourselves better people in the coming year. It’s kind of like a fresh start.
There are people around who want to help you and you can easily find them for free or at a very reasonable cost online.
Try Rose Writes Fifty Books, or Candace Havens Online Writers Workshops if you’re looking for a leg up in the writing world. These ladies believe in paying it forward.
And they will never abuse you for writing short. Writing short is still writing, something writers do every day.