Saturday Six-word stories and NaNoWriMo

I enjoy working on six-word stories, so I’m going to try to post one each Saturday. It’s a fun challenge to tell a story in six words.

On the complete opposite side of story word count, I’m starting to plan for this year’s NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). The goal is to write a novel of at least 50,000 words in November. I didn’t finish last year, but I have a novel idea that I’m excited about, so I’m hopeful I will finish this year.

So, six words and 50,000 words. They’re very different, but I’m looking forward to both writing challenges.

100-word story: Whispers from the Pines


The pines were whispering to me.

“Can’t you hear them?” I asked my brother.

He stared at me. “Hear what?”

“The pine trees. The whispers all around us.” I pointed at the forest around us.

“Um…no,” he said. He stopped and frowned at me. “You’re not serious, are you?”

He wasn’t ready yet. I smiled. “Of course I’m not. I just wanted to freak you out.”

He laughed. “You know, I was afraid you were losing it there for a second.”

I’ll tell him when he’s ready. Soon he’ll have to hear it one way or another. Very soon.

100-word story: Wildflowers


“Can I take one home, Mom?”


Penny had been lost in her thoughts. Going through a divorce was draining all her energy. She had been hoping spending some time out here with her daughter would help.

“The flower,” Lily said, pointing. “It’s pretty. Can I have one?”

Penny shook her head. “No, honey. That flower belongs here. How about we plant a new one when we get home?”

Lily frowned but then nodded. “Okay. But only if Daddy helps us plant it.”

Penny sighed. “We’ll see if daddy wants to help.”

Well, at least she could enjoy the flowers.