How my blog saved my nano…

It seems incredible to think that November is just around the corner, only five weeks or so to go until NaNoWriMo 2015. I’m really looking forward to it but feel unprepared as I usually do in the month before it starts. This time, however, I have a reliable template for my project, and it’s all thanks to a challenge I completed here in July and August. 

I wrote Freedom as a flash fiction series in an attempt to complete the thirty day blog challenge. It worked. My confidence in finishing a different kind of marathon than those to which I’m accustomed grew. As I wrote the series, it became something I wanted to expand because there so much more storytelling beyond the bounds of flash fiction.

Once I decided to turn it into a novel,  I realized that I have a full outline of my November project, a first for me! I typically enter the month with some idea of a plot. I plan a little but end up pantsing about eighty percent of the way. It’s undoubtedly the reason I struggle to complete some of my novels… a feeling of openendedness that is overwhelming and never settles to a conclusion. In the case of Freedom, the end is the part of which I’m most sure. It’s where a twist occurs. Those of you who read it will know what I mean! 

So, even though the weeks until November are growing short, I’m excited because I unwittingly prepared for it a couple of months ago. Here’s to a finished first draft by the end of NaNoWriMo!

Notes On The Freedom Series

It’s bittersweet to have just concluded my first flash fiction series, Freedom. I grew more attached to the characters as I wrote more installments, even before they had names or much of a backstory! I hope everyone enjoyed it, especially the twist at the end. I’ve decided to use it as an outline for a longer work during November 2015 NaNoWriMo. There are a lot of possibilities to glean from the groundwork I’ve laid here and I’m confident that it would translate well into a novel length book. 

Because I’ve fallen in love with the flash fiction format and creative process it facilitates, I plan to continue using it to tell stories here on a regular basis. Yesterday actually concluded my thirty day logging challenge, but I’d love to keep going on daily or near daily entries because I’ve enjoyed it so very much. 

To be honest, I didn’t see myself completing the thirty days in the beginning of the challenge. I’m still a quite inexperienced blogger and I had no idea what I would post for thirty days in a row that would be interesting, relevant and able to engage both the attention of myself and readers. Flash fiction came in at just the right time and not only enabled me to finish the challenge but gave me a refreshing, exciting new creative outlet. Now I look forward to writing an entry and even plan ahead for new ideas! It’s like a new lease on life for my creative flow and I couldn’t be happier. 

Thank you to those who have read, liked and commented on Freedom. It will always be special because it’s the first series and has inspired me in such a powerful way. One of these days I may post it all in one blog to make it more cohesive for those who either haven’t read it yet or wish to read it again without clicking through twenty different entries. 

With love, 

Elizabeth