NaNoWriMo Days 4 thru 9: Racing to the Edge of the Cliff

The 6 days’ word count: 8077 (total to date: 15100)
The 6 days’ writing: fairly easy, with characters stepping up and solving problems for me
My energy level: OK to tired, depending on the activities of the day

Me, steps away from The Edge (Note the nervous smile)

I was in Las Vegas for a long weekend to cheer my husband and his mixed doubles team on at a tennis tournament*. Despite our busy schedule, I managed to keep up with my daily writing for NaNoWriMo. Since I didn’t have any internet access, I used it as an excuse to drop the ball on my blog posts. So here is my overdue progress report on this year’s NaNoWriMo novel.

The good news is that I am right on schedule. I am 97 words ahead of where I need to be to make 50,000 words by the end of the month. The bad news is that I have come to the edge of the cliff. All those ideas I had the first few days have been written down and used up. The time has come to head into the horrible whiteness of the blank page without any clue what’s next. I have to just let my characters run and see where they go, who they meet, what they say and do. It takes a great leap of faith to trust that my imagination will show up and fill in the blanks.

At least I have 24 hours before I write again. One of the nice things about this whole process is the break between writing sessions. When I actually have an idea, even if it’s a glimmer, sleeping on it usually means it will be more robust and interesting by the time I sit down and start typing.

So I guess I’m going to have faith, trust in my muse, cross my fingers, wish upon a star, and say my prayers.

And sit down and type something when the time comes.

*They didn’t win, but they did have fun.

Author: Kit Dunsmore

Kit is a writer and an artist who adores living in Colorado. Whether she's hiking in the mountains or walking the prairies, she's always watching the wildlife in order to learn more about the natural world.

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