The Shortform
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The Shortform

I’m Giving Up Novel Writing to be a Rebel

Writing 50,000 words without a storyline

A blank screen on a laptop with coffee and notepad beside it.

It’s almost October, and that means NaNo Prep time! I spent October frantically world-building, character-developing, outlining, and deciding who died. I was a NaNoWriMo novelist.

Last year, I discovered I didn’t need to write a novel, just 50,000 words. I wrote four short stories instead. But this…



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Lynne Collier

Writer of stories and poetry. Christ follower. Yorkshire lass living in Ontario. Loves nature and gardening.