NaNoWriMo Day 3: Still Moving

Today’s word count: 1692
Today’s writing: distant and explanatory
My energy level: tired — I’m fighting a cold

Today’s writing wasn’t any harder to do, but I can tell it’s not the best part of the story so far. I wrote about the other princess, Priscilla, who wants to marry Roderick and will be doing her best to keep Wren from getting to Pepin. Lots of explaining without much action, so it will need serious rewriting someday. Just not this month.

I’m still waking up with new ideas every morning, so I am able to build up more details and get the day’s writing done, even though I don’t really know what’s around the next bend. When I’m not actually writing, I’m spending a lot of my time making lists to help me name all the people, places, and things (like sailing ships) that are popping up. It’s really hard to tell your story if you don’t know what the characters and places are called and it’s even harder to think up cool names on the fly when you are trying to hurry.

I feel like I have a little buffer between me and the unknown. I can see the next few scenes (Roderick meets Priscilla, how Roderick winds up engaged to Wren instead, and Wren insisting on traveling disguised as a boy) although not in great detail. After that, there is a big blank white space where I haven’t got a clue what happens. Wren will be trying to get to the kingdom of Pepin, and Roderick and lots of other people will be looking for Wren, but other than that, it’s a Complete Mystery.

Fortunately, I don’t have to deal with it just yet.


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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.

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