How did a writing thread end up a talk about programming?
Well, if it's about finding out a solution to some kind of output, programming can be creative??
But, yeah, programming is more logic than creative.
But seriously, apples and oranges! It is hard to compare the two. They are two complete stuff.
A writer's worst fear is the infamous "writer's block." It is where you absolutely got nothing to write. You know you have to write, but nothing is coming out. You reached a part of your story and you are completely stuck.
This is one of the problems of writing a complete "novel" in a month.
Have you ever reached a part of your story and end up not knowing the direction to take it?
That happened to me last year. I got a somewhat sensible story... middle of the road, it stopped making sense. I seemed to have hit a wall and could not fix it without completely overhauling the entire story. Well, the month was ending in a few days, so yeah, failed that year.
It's a great way to motivate yourself to write.
Forget short stories, that is easy.