NaNoWriMo Days 27 and 28

Word Count:
Day 27: 1729
Day 28: 2340
Energy: exhausted when I started, merely tired by the time I was done

I goofed. When I skipped a day of writing earlier this week, I didn’t skip the matching line in my word count spreadsheet. The result: I was actually behind on my word count the last few days and had to do some serious writing today to get back on track.

It didn’t help that I discovered my error while I was agonizing over what to write. My reluctance to write today was monumental, and I went through a page of notes exploring my options before I started. I realized I needed to stop forcing myself to go through the story chronologically and just move on to something that actually interests me right now. So I summarized as best I could the two threads of the story I hadn’t finished yet, and came up with something fun to write: how Wren and Roderick finally meet. I had the idea that at some point Wren and her friends would disguise themselves as servants to attend a feast without detection, only I had no idea why they would do such a thing. Then it occurred to me to make the feast in honor of Prince Roderick and to give Wren an attack of nerves. She knows he’s at the castle and all she has to do is go introduce herself, but she wants to get a look at him first, without him knowing about it. So I am building towards their meeting, which is complicated by the fact that Roderick believes that Wren is dead and is looking around frantically for someone to marry so he can avoid Princess Priscilla.

Now that I’m actually working on something closer to the ending, I see that knowing what finally happens could really help me to unravel the boggy messy middle of my book. I have a character ready to mislead Roderick about Wren’s death. I just have to take advantage of him. But that’s for later. Right now, it’s time for the minstrels to strike and the guests to sit and for Wren to finally see Roderick for herself, just as he is coming on to every pretty woman at the high table.

It should be one heck of a party.

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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 27 and 28”

  1. I just love the way you’ve been sharing your story on your blog. I always wondered how to interest people in the storyline, without giving too much of the story away. You’ve mastered self-promotion. If you ever decide to get something published, you’re going to be amazing at sparking people’s interests. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Jessica. I think it’s natural for me to write teaser-style plot summaries. When I was a kid, I remember I wrote a book report that didn’t give away the ending because I didn’t want to spoil the book for the teacher. Needless to say that wasn’t a concern of the teacher’s, and my report didn’t get a very good grade. Even after that experience, it was always a struggle to talk about what actually happened in the book whenever I wrote a report. I guess I’m still doing it after all these years.

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