Creativity On Demand

It was another great weekend at Liz Engstrom‘s Ghost Story Workshop. Once again, a band of 13 writers gathered in Blue River to write complete short stories in a 24 hour period (<3000 words). As usual, I stayed up until about 3am Friday working on my story. I even started a second one Saturday afternoon this time.

The camaraderie is always inspiring, and the Saturday night readings were amazing. I heard some really great stories by some seriously talented writers, all written within the previous 24 hour period. It’s like hearing a new anthology, fresh off the press.

NaNoWriMo is this month and people all over are attempting to write 50,000 word novels. I can’t help thinking we should have a National Short Story Writing Weekend as well, when people could collectively try their hand at writing stories in a 24 hour period. There’s something exhilarating about the experience of creating fiction with a deadline.