NaNoWriMo – Day 30 +1

Yes, I know it’s over but the story isn’t.

So, while I have time before the festivities start, and I have to wrap endless presents, I’ll keep going and see how far I can get.

The story is still fresh in my mind and it would be a shame to stop.

Beside that, the bad witch is about to become really bad, and a man who thought he could trust her, discovers otherwise.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the mountain, our intrepid questers are about to find the odds are really stacked against them.

Hold that thought.

Todays words, 2,478, for a running total of 80,966.

NaNoWriMo – Day 30

It’s over, but it’s not over.

To be honest I didn’t think I’d get this far, because it takes a lot of effort to syphon time away from everything else I have on my plate.

I wish I was a full time writer.

That sounds like the title to a song, doesn’t it.

But, like everyone else who is trying to manage and juggle everything they have going on, I’m no worse of than just about ever other writer that’s not selling a million books a year.

That would be great, eh? A million books!

One day.


But, this story will continue after the end date, because I’ve made a promise that by the end of the year I would have at the very least a readable draft for them to read (and be critical).


Time for some rest, and pick it up tomorrow.

For the record, todays effort produced 2,958 words, for a 30 day total of 78,488 words. That’s 57 chapters out of a planned 99.

Getting there.

NaNoWriMo – Day 29

I’d be a liar if I said I didn’t achieve what I set out to achieve.

Just not everything I intended to achieve.

But, that’s the nature of writing.

Of course, had I set my sights on a book that needed only 50,000+ words I would have completed the novel by now, and that is the case for the last three years.

This year I set out to push myself and finish a novel that I have been hunting and pecking over for two or three years. It needed something like a NaNoWriMo to screw up the courage to make an attempt to finish it.

At the outset I failed to realise the story was not going to fit in the constraints of 50,000 words. To be honest I had no idea how long it would be, but all I had to do was to let the story tell itself.

It did.

And I discovered the characters didn’t want to fit into a small box, they wanted to grow, they wanted to change, each following a path they never expected to follow.

And I’ve been with them, and they still have a ways to go.

Tomorrow will not be the end of their story.

For the bean counters, todays word count is a little less than the last few days, some 2,641 words, for a running total of 75,530 words.

This is going to be some story when it’s finished!

NaNoWriMo – Day 28

In a mad rush to get the story finished, but that now won’t happen in the time frame.

I’m in the middle of the quest to recover the artifacts, and Marigold has so much more to learn about the realm and herself.

And I’ve notice a little of what’s happening in our world here is creeping into the story, and it seems to me that we never seem to learn from our mistakes.

Our leaders, that is. Given a chance to make a real change after a one in a hundred year event, they’re ignoring the possibilities, and trying to consolidate or improve their power over the people.

But I digress…

Some of my disappointment is spilling over, and I’ll to be careful to keep it out.

In my stories, there’s always a happy ending.

For the bean counters, todays word count is 3,226 words, not much less than yeaterday, for a running total of 72,839.

I suspect this story is not going to come out under 120,000, until the first edit of course.

NaNoWriMo – Day 27

If only I had another month.

I guess quite a few of us on this journey would be saying the same thing.

Trying to fully devote yourself each and every day for as long as you can write might seem quite simple, like a mechanic can repairing engines, like an accountant poring over the accounts.

Well, it’s not that simple.

For starters you have to have a continuous train of thought, pushing the plotline along, not just for the one or two or three thousand words that are required as a bare minimum each day, but carry that forth over the thirty days of the month, leading to fifty, sixth or ninety thousand words of coherent story.

Most writers take a year, sometimes more to get that total.

They often write, two, three, four hundred words in a session, perhaps over a day, or several.

I’m amazed that my total so far is very close to seventy thousand words. That’s nearly a novel and a half.

But, it’s not going to be the whole novel when the thirty days are up.

Enough lamenting….

For the statisticians, todays count was 3,242 words for a running total of 69,613.

I looked at the calendar and got a shock

I’m guessing I’m not the only one.

November usually drags. Sometimes, being a so-called shoulder period for flying, we go off on a well deserved holiday when prices are affordable.

Not this year.

November is NaNoWriMo month so I have to stay home and get that done.

It was worth it because so far I’ve written 66,000 words, but there’s still a way to go, and I’m not going to finish it the 30 days allocated.  But it is fun to write.

This was withstanding the my disappointment that the ice hockey season hasn’t started yet but this is tempered by the discovery we can get the live coverage, at a reasonable hour of the day, via the internet.

I’m also looking forward to getting back to the blogs because I don’t have time to get anything else done.

My four episodic stories haven’t got a look in and they still sit where they were at the start of the month.

But December is just round the corner, and once I get the last chapters of the NaNoWriMo project completed, I’m straight back to the four stories.


Christmas has somehow managed to sneak up on me, but it will not be like any other, COVID has basically changed everything.  We are still trying to work out the logistics of it, even though we are supposedly COVID free, I still think it is lurking somewhere, and all out good work will be undone by a fool.  It has before, and it will again.

Perhaps I should be more optimistic, and hope Santa doesn’t get the virus.  Imagine the damage he could do, visiting every house in the world!!!!!!!!!

NaNoWriMo – Day 26

A good day perhaps, for writing. I’m further advanced, but I don’t feel like I’m getting to where I need to be.

I guess it’s ‘welcome to the world of writing’.

Some stories can be written in 30 days. I’ve done it myself three years running.

But, taking on a more complex writing project, not that I thought it would be at the time, has taught me to respect an old adage my father used a lot, a long time ago:

Rome wasn’t built in a day

It’s not the only one he used, but it’s the one I remember.

This project will take more than thirty days. I often wondered why some writers took years to finish a book, and now I know definitively why.

Next year I’ll take on something a little lighter in subject matter, plan for the fifty or chapters, and get it done.

This is one that I should have tackled within the other eleven months.

Still, four days to go, and anything can happen!

For the statisticians, todays word count is 3,074, for a running total of 66,371. That, in itself, is a lot of words.

NaNoWriMo – Day 25

The end of the month is rapidly approaching, and I will be appealing to the time lords to extend the month by about 10 days.

In other words, it’s not going to be finished in the time allocated.


I guess there will be some NaNoWriMo reports with a suffix of Day 100.

Only kidding, but it will take longer and I intend to persevere.

What takes the time is the little nuances of the characters and the story that crop up when you least expect it.

Anyway, onwards and upwards…

For the statisticians, todays word count is 2,877 for a running total of 63,297.

NaNoWriMo – Day 24

It’s all downhill from here.

I wish it was.

I see the list of chapters to be written and groan. The story is flowing, and ideas that were mere headings some weeks ago are turning into parts of the tale.

A backstory is being told in the background, fleshing out more about the realm the people how they came to be in the seven kingdoms, and what happened to the original people.

It’s like writing the history of the world.

Then there’s the ten mini adventures in collecting the artifacts that will reunite all the realm in peace.

If only it was that simple in reality. For some reason, the various peoples of the world cannot seem to come together, and there always has to be at least one nation (or kingdom) that wants to dominate the rest.

Perhaps that is the one flaw of all men, we are all supposed to be equal, but in the eyes of some, that can never be.

IT’s probably why we write fairy tales. It’s easier to write a story to make it happen rather than sit down and make it happen in reality.

For those statiticians among us, 2,733 words for the day, making a running total of 60, 420 words.

This project is exceeding all of my expectations.

NaNoWriMo – Day 23

So I just found out I hadn’t written a report for yesterday.

Done now.

AS for today. it was not as productive as it could be, and I’m falling behind.

But I did get to discuss plotlines with my eldest granddaughter, who is the role model for Marigold, well, she tells me how spoilt and complaining she is, and probably nothing like a real princess is.

Although there is a real life, wannabe princess who isn’t whom I’m sure Marigold will be like for only a short while before she wakes up to herself, and becomes the heroine.

Can’t say that will ever happen to the wannabe princess.

But, I digress.

Tomorrow I have to make up the word count because today was not very good.

For those counting, a daily total of 2,488, for a grand total of 57,687.

And Marigold, or whoever, just told me I should be working smarter not harder!