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Are you writing this November?

November 3, 2015

The idea of a challenge to write a novel in a month is too ambitious for me and the challenge to write a blog post a month proved to be too boring but I found a November writing challenge that feels just right and that’s FLASH-NANO hosted by Nancy Stohlman. No, I don’t know what the “NANO” stands for but I don’t care because the premise is simple and the challenge is teeth-sinkable: 30 Days – 30 Stories. Nancy provides a prompt a day and you write a flash fiction story a day. It’s only the third day of the month and considering that a flash piece is anything under 1,000 words, it’s really not too late for you to catch up. Wanna play? Click HERE.

Because I hold out hope of having everything* I write published in someone’s fiction or poetry journal/collection/book I won’t be sharing any stories I write here because I don’t want them considered published before I have the chance to send them off. I’m interested in workshopping though so if that’s something you’re interested in send me an email. You can find my address if you click on “This would be me“.

* Yes, everything. So what  if I’m a little delusional?

Today’s prompt led me more toward a blog post/rant rather than a story so I’ll share that one.

Write a story in the form of a monologue (just one person speaking)

I can’t do this for a couple of reasons. First, when I think ‘monologue’ I think drama, and when I think drama I think of movies and when I think of movies my mind goes off to something like Travis Bickle telling us how all the animals come out at night. Or Tom Joad saying goodbye to his mother by reassuring her that he’s just one little piece of a big soul and wherever she sees justice and fairness in the world she’ll see him. Or Terry Malloy telling his brother how he could have taken Wilson apart, how he coulda been a contender. Or Rick Blaine telling Ilsa Lund that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Or Davy Crockett telling Flaca why it’s important to stand up for the things you believe in and for what’s right even though you may get walloped for saying it. Or Coach Boone standing on the Gettysburg battlefield quoting Abraham Lincoln and telling a bunch of high school boys that he doesn’t care if they don’t like each other but that he hopes they’ll learn to respect each other and become men. Or Colonel Jessup telling Lieutenant Kaffee why he can’t handle the truth. I could go on and on but the point, to me at least, is a monologue is a message or a moral; a dramatic device that turns a story and makes you think, maybe gives you goosebumps or makes you cry, and not just a story in and of itself so I wouldn’t know how to tell a story in the form of a monologue if I tried. Second, well I guess there isn’t any second.

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