Day 24 and Day 25 of NaNo and I’m a winner!

NaNoWriMo 2016 is done and dusted. Or is it?

I’ve written 54,493 words and a few hours ago I pasted my text into the NaNoWriMo word count goblin, and he chewed it up, spat it out, and said ‘YES, you’re a winner!‘. Then the NaNo crew appeared, yelled their congratulations and gave me a round of applause.

This is my 6th NaNoWriMo win, and it’s still a great thrill to have finished.

But, wait, it isn’t over yet. As a NaNo rebel, my self-inflicted challenge was to write 30 short stories during the 30 days of November. One story per day. #30days30shorts

a short story by Ruth Livingstone, authorDay 24: Goodbye Cruel World

The prompt for this story was another Writing Magazine competition.

The theme?   “Goodbye.”

I got the idea for this story some time ago, but it didn’t turn out exactly as I planned. That’s been happening with many of my stories this month. They’ve been running feral and tearing off in new directions.

Weird, but very exciting.

lost-cross-500-gifDay 25: The Lost Cross

I have to confess my muse dried up yesterday. With 24 short stories penned, my mind seemed empty of ideas. Perhaps I’d used them all up?
In desperation, I turned to a website that generates first line prompts.

She opened her handbag and tipped the contents onto the floor.

What a great prompt. I didn’t have a plot, but an opening scene popped into my head. I saw a waitress in a tacky bar, desperately searching for something she has mislaid…

And then the story just wrote itself. Ironically, I might go back and change the first line. But that decision must wait for the editing process.


Author: Ruth Livingstone

Walker, writer, photographer, blogger, Doctor, woman, etc.

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