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.

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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