NaNoWriMo Day 10: By the Seat of My Pants

Today’s word count: 1839
Today’s writing: flowing, thanks to a new round of inspiration
My energy level: moving slowly

Praise be to the muse, who kindly gave me new ideas to work with.

I found the next part of Wren’s story by making lists. I wrote down what needs to happen: she needs to find clothes and food before she can start on her journey to Pepin. Then I made a list of all the different people she might meet and what might happen. People included bandits, fishermen, and talking beasts. Happenings ranged from being enslaved to rescuing someone else.

As I played with the ideas I liked most, a ghost who compulsively collects things turned into a dragon with a town under siege. Suddenly, I knew the next act of Wren’s story, even though I didn’t know exactly how it was all going to work. (To be clear: I still don’t.)

I had forgotten that one of the big challenges to NaNoWriMo is generating enough ideas on a regular basis to keep writing. I admire the people who outline before writing their first draft, but I do not know if I will ever be one of them. I don’t start playing with outlines until I have lots of raw material and a much clearer picture of the story I’m trying to tell. I guess I need the pieces in hand before I can put the puzzle together even if it means some of the pieces I make don’t fit and get thrown away.

Once again, I am flying by the seat of my pants. But that works for me, and I’m grateful that something does, even if it is a little hair-raising at times. I am back to being able to see where my story is headed for the next few days, and that’s enough for now.

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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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