I just entered my first writing competition! I submitted a 4,000-word short story in the Writer’s Digest thriller category. Months ago, I scribbled down a few paragraphs about a murder with the first scene taking place in a library. I hadn’t touched it since then, but when I decided to write a short story, that premise came back to me. I’d never written anything that I considered thriller or suspenseful, but had a fun time writing it (then less fun editing it again and again!).

Tuesday marks the start of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I’m planning on kind of participating—I have a work in progress that I’d like to complete enough (like get to at least 50,000 words) to begin the rewriting process. But best of luck to everyone who takes the full challenge!


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