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Camp NaNoWrimo: Day 9

It’s been a couple of days since I’ve done a Camp NaNo update. At the last update I mentioned being stuck in my story but being committed to making sure the temporary slump didn’t stretch out into months, or more. I had to do a double take at the date. It doesn’t feel like 5 days have passed already! (Although we’ve only just rolled onto the 10th) Time really does fly and I’m up late because I was struck by not one but two flashes of lightning.

Maybe lighting does strike twice after all?

I’ve taken notes on them and drafted the first of the ideas into the text. The other idea I plan to work on tomorrow. It feels pretty amazing to have ideas again and to have put down some more words. I’m now almost 75% of the way to having a complete first draft. That’s pretty exciting!

I already know there are areas I want to work on when I come to revise. I’ve been forcing myself to hold off on touching that just now, so I don’t get bogged down with constant rewriting. There will be a time for that!

Daily Summary

Words written: 3187/5,000 (+772 words)

Goal words needed: 79/day to finish on time (down again, despite taking a few days off. This is largely due to putting out a lot of words today, making up for the break)

Difference: 1736 ahead of schedule

Time spent writing: aprox. 60 mins total – I’ve not been timing at all closely

Tips: My daughter is reading “Fortunately, the Milk . . .” by Neil Gaiman – an author whose work I very much admire and want to read more of, so today I wanted to leave you with one of his tips about writing:

The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter. — Neil Gaiman

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