NaNoWriMo Days 11 and 12

Yesterday’s word count: 1834
Today’s word count: 1790
Both days’ writing: flowing
My energy level: good

Slow and steady lets the ideas grow

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?


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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.

2 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Days 11 and 12”

  1. If you are going to have dragons, you might as well throw in wizards. And if that is going too far, you need to at least bring back in the fairies…
    Jails are always good for a plot twist, too. And maybe rats.


    1. I keep trying to figure out how to stick them in jail. It was one of my options on the last list I made. I’ve also been thinking about enslavement, kidnapping (although I’m going to save that one), and robbery. I’m trying to stay away from heavy magic, leaving it to the faeries and drakons for now, but I may have to go there in the end. We’ll see. I did add a reference to aliens (beings from the stars) today in response to a challenge from my sister, so I’m trying to mix it up.


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