Or. how inspiration can come from Radio 4
It was day 26 of NaNoWriMo and for the second day in a row I woke up with no ideas in my head for #30days30shorts.
Usually my subconscious brain mulls over various options during the night and pops an idea straight into the front of my conscious mind when I wake. But today, like yesterday, nothing.
As I lay there, desperately trawling my brain for ideas – any idea – the radio alarm came on. It was the BBC’s Radio 4 Today programme. The lead headline was the death of Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary and dictator.
And I started thinking about revolutionaries and what they do when the war is over. And then I started thinking about their families and how they cope with returning warriors. Within a couple of hours, the first draft of the story, The Return, was finished.
Yes, short story ideas can come from anywhere, and that includes Radio 4 and the Today programme.
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
Day 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. Continue reading “Day 24 and Day 25 of NaNo and I’m a winner!”
Day 16 of NaNo and 11 things I don’t remember
No, I’m not losing my memory.
It’s the title of my latest story.
At only 700 words, it’s a very short story, again written with a Writing Magazine competition in mind.
The inspiration was a wonderful novel written by Joe Brainard, called simply, I Remember, in which every paragraph begins with the words… ‘I remember’. Continue reading “Eleven things I don’t remember”
An unreliable narrator and stolen money…
Oh yes, there is nothing more intriguing than a narrator who leads you up the garden path.
Or, in this case, down to Ward 4, where cash is mysteriously going missing.
This was one of those short stories where I started out with a voice in my head and a vague idea that it would involve theft in a medical setting. I started writing, and the story simply wrote itself. Continue reading “Unreliable”
Horror story with a medical theme
You are a penniless student, desperately in debt, and, just when you think things couldn’t get worse, your landlord threatens you with eviction.
What do you do?
You sell your blood to a private clinic, of course.
But, if an offer seems far too good to be true… it probably isn’t a good idea to take it up. Continue reading “Blood sample”