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NaNoWriMo Week 2

Writing continued apace this week, despite a few days when things were thrown slightly off-track, but it all got quite interesting around the weekend and new projects now loom on the horizon.

Snippets below, no spoilers, along with links to all the Patreon posts where I talk a little more each day.


“Why wouldn’t I want to fix you, Khennik? You’re important.” Litha patted him on the arm again. “Think of all the hard work you do, as a delegate, as an elder. Why, one day you might even change the Overworld.”

Burning Sky Chapter 18

Day Total: 4049 words
NaNo Total: 29,747 words
Book Total: 75,573 words


“It mattered. It mattered a lot, because Nera desperately needed to know which dragon she could punch for this.”

Nera, Burning Sky Chapter 19

Day Total: 8600 words
NaNo Total: 38,347 words
Book Total: 84,173 words


Jesral grinned. “Now that is a very clever trick.”

Burning Sky Chapter 22

Day Total: 4215 words
NaNo Total: 42,562 words
Book Total: 88,288 words

I finished Burning Sky! NaNoWriMo GOAL ACHIEVED!

Zero, zip, zilch.


History, they say, is written by the victors. This is invariably true, but they often forget to mention that it is frequently edited by prudes and fusspots, who take out all the interesting bits.

Thief’s Gamble, Prologue

Day Total: 2173 words
NaNo Total: 44,735 words
Book Total: 2173 words

New book, new characters, new series, old world. It’s an Overworld novella and I’ll talk more about it when I get further into it.


“You’re cracked. He’s cracked. I’m cracked!”

Lahera, Thief’s Gamble Chapter 2

Day Total: 4081 words
NaNo Total: 48,816 words
Book Total: 6254 words

And that’s it for the moment, since I haven’t written anything yet today.

Week 2 done, the halfway point approaching, 50K almost reached and I’m onto a second, unplanned project. Ha! This is why I love taking part in NaNo.

Here’s hoping everyone else out there is having as much fun as I am.

10 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Week 2”

    1. I’m lucky and can write very fast, especially when momentum is behind me. 8K takes me about 3 hours, if I’m in the right mood. Alas, I can’t do that all the time, but getting to the end of a book combined with the NaNo challenge sometimes throws up super-word count days.

      1. I’m not a big planner or outliner, so I rarely know what I’m going to type ahead of time. But the closer to the end of a book I get, the more I know roughly where I want the story to go. Then momentum takes over and that’s when the high word counts jump out. Otherwise I can stare at a screen for an hour and write maybe three lines.

      2. I started working on the ending two days ago. Once I finish that, I will have a better idea of what I want to be in the middle, leading up to it. It’s been such an illuminating process to me. I keep learning new things about myself and the writing process.

      3. I always admire people who can write out of order. I tend to lose interest if I do it that way because then I already know what happens and have nothing to look forward to.

        I think a lot of people find the middle part the trickiest bit. The fun of the beginning has worn off and you haven’t quite reached the excitement/momentum of the end, but you have to find a way to tie it all together. But I’m sure you’ll find a way.

        Do you think you’ll keep writing after?

      4. I totally get it. In fact, writing in order made all the sense to me before Nano, because things develop as you go. But, as you say, after the fun of the beginning I felt a bit lost. Actually, turns out that what I thought was going to be the beginning became the first part of middle, and then I wrote the beginning. Now working on the ending, but it starts to look like the first part of the end, so I might end up writing the second part of middle afterwards, and then the end of ending. It’s kind of funny how this works out.

        I look forward to the rest of November and then some more!

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