I have a confession to make: I do not like National Novel Writing Month, a.k.a. NaNoWriMo. While I want to be supportive of my friends who find it useful for their writing exercises, the mere concept of making myself write 50 thousand words in one month gives me a headache. I want to simplify my life, not clutter it. I appreciate Cloudscome's haiku and Tricia's poetry exercises for their focus on brevity and precision. Prose allows for more words, but I want it to be just as focused.
Sometimes, I find Sean Lindsay of 101 Reasons to Stop Writing refreshing in his humorous cynicism about the glut of bad writing. I am appreciative of HipWriterMama for her encouragement of aspiring writers, but I'm also ever hopeful that the writers' products are stories that waste no words.
To counteract the effects of NaNoWriMo, I'm going to offer six word stories again. Guess the literary allusions of these offerings:
1) Heading home. Twenty years later... home.
2) "Marry me." "Never!" Later: "Nice mansion!"
3) My better half stole my girlfriend.
4) "Magic does not exist." "Oh yeah?"
Answers (highlight to view) :
1) The Odyssey
2) Pride and Prejudice
3) Anansi Boys
4) Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell