December Dvorak Dmonth (the ‘D’ is silent)

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.

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2 Responses to December Dvorak Dmonth (the ‘D’ is silent)

  1. chomsky-rabbit says:

    There's no wordplay I can do because I won't be writing with Dvorak but I will give a try to Bepo, the French version. I do not set myself any goal because I started yesterday However, I would like to be able to write one short story before the end of the month.December will be an interesting month, for sure 😛 So no goal whatsoever, just learning how to use Bépo and maybe be able to write a short story with it. I won't be disappointed if I cannot because I'd have taken a huge step toward mastering Bépo! (Pantser here. My characters drive the story. That way, the story flows really easily and the characters stay happy – unless they are not strong enough to survive what happens in the story! So yeah, keeping the plot and the subplots together is kind of nightmarish for me)

  2. Claudie A. says:

    Pfft, you silly pantsers! cosmam, chomsky: thanks for reminding me about this. XD Gotta start Dvorak again, real soon. I will be sticking to blog and forum posts with it, because I don't intend to write anything else this year.I'll plan, though, oh yes I will. My mind is already working on how to fix my two novels for the next go. 🙂

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