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.

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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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