Yesterday’s word count: 1834
Today’s word count: 1790
Both days’ writing: flowing
My energy level: good
Writing is going well. The princess and her maid not only have clothes, but they have found a village and made a bargain with its elders: in exchange for getting rid of the drakon that is starving them out, the townspeople will give Wren a special sword in their keeping. I just left the girls getting a little sage advice from a wise old man before they set off for the drakon’s lair.
I’m looking forward to the drakon, which will by my own special sort of dragon. At least I hope it will be special. I don’t know much about it yet, although I’m starting to get some ideas. I’ve decided to call them “drakons” because I like the word “drake” as slang for a dragon, only I’ve been reminded that a drake is just a male duck. I was thinking that it’s awfully early in my story for an encounter with something dragon-like, but then I decided, why the heck not? The point of this story, which I need to remember, is to cram in all the adventure I can manage. So far I’ve only had a few people washed ashore and a princess in disguise, so I need to get things moving!
Once again, I am grateful for the fact that I find the daily word goal of 1667 easy to manage. I can write for hours on end, but coming up with characters and situations takes some time, and I can’t always rush creativity. Having 20 or more hours between writing sessions gives my brain time to come up with new ideas. Last year, I missed a lot of days writing during NaNoWriMo and had to do marathon sessions to catch up. I found out that the little idea that bubbles up when I start writing can turn into something much more interesting if I can let it cook overnight than if I have to write another 2000 words about it right now.
The best news is that I am still having fun, although I think I need to add something unexpected in the coming drakon scene. I haven’t laughed out loud while writing for at least a week. My sister is putting together some cards for me with ideas of things to include in my book that I hope will both challenge me and help to shake things up. Meanwhile, I’ll have to dream up challenges of my own. Unless anyone out there has a suggestion?