NaNoWriMo Eve

For most people, October 31st means pumpkins, costumes, and candy. For those of us crazy enough to take on the challenge, October 31st means only 24 hours left to prepare before National Novel Writing Month hits.

This will be my fifth year participating in NaNoWriMo. Over the course of the 30 days of November, I will be cranking out 50,000 words of a first draft of a novel. If you do the math, you will discover I need to write 1667 words a day to reach my goal. 1667 words is anywhere from one to two hours of writing, depending on how easily the words are flowing and how hard I’m laughing, which is the main reason I keep picking up the NaNoWriMo gauntlet. It’s fun. Over the top, laugh-out-loud, bwa-ha-ha fun. Sure, there are days when I approach the computer as if it were a toilet that needs scrubbing. But mostly, even on the hard days, I start writing and eventually a new idea occurs to me. Before I know it, I’ve written a couple pages following that idea into the wilderness. The results are usually pleasing, if not actually amusing.

As a NaNoWriMo veteran, I’m fairly confident I can make the deadline. Last year, when I had the busiest and most disrupted November of my four previous NaNoWriMo attempts, I still hit 50K words before December 1st. In order to up the stakes for 2010, I’ve decided to blog about my novel’s progress throughout the month. On top of the familiar challenge of writing a novel under the gun, I will be going public with my process and progress. All of which may be a huge mistake, as November is only hours away and I still do not know the name of my main character, let alone where she lives, what she does, or how she winds up in the midst of the action-packed, melodramatic romantic adventure I intend to write. [Note: Don’t get me wrong. I don’t have a plot yet, either. Just a list of the many things that might happen at some point.]

Tomorrow: Day 1, in which I will probably confess that I sat in front of a blank screen for a long time before I actually started to write.


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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

3 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Eve”

  1. I have a notecard file box full of meladramatic names, if you need ideas! My suggestions for ultimate smaltz: For a heroine, it should be a long name with multiple variations for nicknames. For a hero, it should be a one-syllable noun like Blade or Rock. Have fun!


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