So, NaNo is over. The feverish writing and word-slinging is done, at least for now. Now, it’s time to prove to myself that I can stick to this writing (and nasty nasty editing thing) for more than just this month, that it could at least become a regular hobby. In order to help my wrists (and put off editing!), I’ve dedicated December as Dvorak month, where in I try to get really good with a new keyboard layout.
The question is: how?
I already know the layout, so it’s all down to practice. I can type up lyrics, transcribe passages, or chat online all day, but that’s not why I’m learning it – I’m learning it to write. Doesn’t it make at least a little sense to write some while doing it?
On the other hand, I’m burnt out on long stories. I love them, but my mind is tired of having to not think about the entire plot (I’m a pantser, not a planner), so I am going to do short stories, little one-scene wonders that shouldn’t take me an hour or so to write.
The question becomes how much should I write. I don’t want to do a word count goal, because that’s lame for short stories, and I want to focus on the words, not the numbers (not that I’ll be trying to get it right the first time – hell no I won’t, and stay tuned for why). So I should set a goal as to a number of stories.
How about a dozen? Twelve in twelve in dvorak. The December Dvorak Dozen Dmonth. However you make it sound awesome, I think that’s my goal.
I also want to focus on neglected aspects of my writing, things that have taken a back seat due to longer stories. Good characters are essential, plot is important, and twists and turns are fun, but what about the ability to evoke emotion? To describe a scene? To show feeling? The prose may be a bit purple, but it’s a short story – that’s allowed.
So that’s my goal. Twelve not-to-be-put-off short stories this month. And I will start very promptly…next week.