While Chris Baty drives thousands of would-by novelists batty by encouraging them to write 50,000 words in one month, those wacky kids at On The Media have come up with something a little less taxing for those of us with somewhat shorter attention spans. Their Novel Challenge has just one rule: write a novel in 12 words or less. There’s precedent for this, of course. Haiku. And Hemingway’s famous six-word story, “For sale: baby shoes, never worn,” is an archetype of what some refer to as flash fiction. Regardless of what you call it, here’s my entry, submitted just before OTM’s deadline of midnight tonight:
“Too much pressure.”
“You’d rather 50,000?”
“I’d rather nap!”
No, I’m not going to win any awards for that one. But I’m not about to reach the Nanowrimo finish line either, so at least I’ve contributed something to the annual November challenge. And now for that nap.