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Story: The Day I Created a New Nation

February 17th, 2008

Well, the first annual IntShoStoWriWe was a success, with 100% of participants completing a short story of at least 2,500 words.

OK, so it was just me this year. But I actually finished a story for a change. It’s a little rough around the edges, but I think it works as a complete piece.

The whole thing is posted in the rest of this post. I hope you enjoy it – if you have any comments, you can find my email address on the contact page.

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NaNoWriMo for short attention spans

February 14th, 2008

Last year I tried to complete NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month. I did better than the year before, but still fell well short of the goal of 50,000 words written in the month.

It’s hard to commit to something for as long as a month – life tends to intervene, and once it does it’s easy to find that you’ve lost the energy to finish it.

What people need is an easier on ramp, a task that lets them feel like they’ve achieved some good writing, and hopefully serves as a stepping stone to bigger things.

And so I give you:

The 2008 inaugural International Short Story Writing Weekend, February 15-17

Hereafter to be known as IntShoStoWriWe.

The basic concept is simple – between Friday evening and Sunday evening, write a complete story at least 2,500 words long. It has to be complete, not just the opening section to some bigger novel. It should be a story, with beginning, middle and end. Any genre, any setting. And must be shorter than 10,000 words.

Total participation for year one is expected to be low – that is, just me. Unless someone reading this decides to join in, in which case – email me! And if you need a bit of help with your plot, try the random plot generator.

I’ve queued up posts for this weekend, but I’ll be writing. And unless I’m too ashamed of the result I’ll try and post it Sunday evening.

First 500 words

November 27th, 2006

I made an attempt in November to try and write a novel, but it was pretty farcical: I only managed to make time for it on the first day, and after that it was all downhill… The next four or five days I couldn’t find the spare hour, and then I was so far behind it wasn’t worth continuing. Oh well, I’ll get back to this one sooner or later.

Anyway, rather than waste all the effort I went to, the first 500 words (or so) are included in the remainder of this post. Bear in mind that this is very, very raw, I haven’t done any editing at all.

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Can you tell a story in six words?

October 26th, 2006

Via Boing Boing (and many others) is this brilliant project from Wired magazine. Ask a bunch of famous writers to tell a story in six words:

  • Gown removed carelessly. Head, less so. (Joss Wheedon)
  • Machine. Unexpectedly, I’d invented a time (Alan Moore)
  • Kirby had never eaten toes before (Kevin Smith)

Awesome stuff! (Although that last one is more like the first sentence of a short story I’d really like to read…)