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Day Three of NaNoWriMo has come and gone, which means we are 1/10th of the way through.

Output for day three was a little lacking, only managing a bit over 1000 words, but total output is up to 5530 words. Which means that at the current rate I will make the 50,000 word total with a couple of days to spare.

I could do much better though. And speaking of better I read on twitter of someone who managed 20,000 words in a single day. 20,000. I dream of being that productive. I think the best day I have every managed was around 7,000 and that was a long time ago. There are numerous reasons I don’t, starting with a bad work effort and being easily distracted.

The aim for the day is to do a lot more than 1000 words. There are a few things I need to do but most of the day should be free for writing.

And we have completed day two of NaNoWriMo. The total word count to date stands at 4433, which is ahead of schedule to hit the 50,000 word mark.

Of course there will be days when life gets in the way and you can’t get much or anything done and so a buffer is needed.

So far that word counts includes the prologue, chapter one and part of chapter three. Yes, the chapters aren’t very long – yet. My plan for NaNoWriMo is to write the rough first draft of the novel and not worry about the polish or the like. I’ll do that later. For me I find it much easier to do a rough draft that is about half the length of the story and when I do the polishing and rewriting I fill the story out. Rewrites seem to double the length of my stories by adding all the detail and descriptions that were missing in the rough draft.

The rough draft is a skeleton – it may mention that there is a small town by the sea and that is about it. The rewrite adds flavour to it, mentioning any notable landmarks, styles of buildings, hints of people living there and what they do and things like that. The village may turn out to be build on cliffs overlooking the sea, the houses wood and thatch and exist by farming. Or it may be on a bay with stone buildings and gets by on fishing and trade.

Normally until rewrite I don’t know details like that.

Day One of NaNoWriMo is done. Total output 1759 words.

Should have done more, but at least I hit the average needed to make 50,000 words over 30 days.

To date I’ve been working on the prologue and chapter three – skipped right over chapter one and two. The reason for that is chapter three was one of the earliest scenes that I had in my head from many years ago so I want to get it done first and then move back to older scenes.

Only a week until NaNoWriMo kicks off.

I’ve now got the plan for the novel written up – around 2000 words of plot details and the order it all happens in.

Getting excited about getting this done.

NaNoWriMo may still be a few weeks off but I’ve start on making plans for it and am actually having a go at it this year.

For it I’m going to have a go at a story that has been floating around in my head for at least ten years and though I’ve always wanted to write it I wasn’t sure if I was up to doing it justice yet. But now with a couple of novels and over two dozen short stories and novellas done I think it is time to give it a shot.

I found an old notebook that held plot idea for it; next step is to rewrite them taking into account various changes. I want the plot all figured out before I start the challenge.

Just a quick blurb on the story.

Alone and wounded, a warrior stumbles through the forest of Vačec hill country. He does not know who he is or where he came from; all he knows is that he has to protect the girl-child he carries. Friend and foe alike are hunting for her. Some want her dead, others have more sinister plans.

The child is no ordinary girl though. Hungry, she feeds on the wounded warriors strength and with each day he grows weaker. There is just one goal he has in mind before the end, to get the child to a foreboding mountain of sinister reputation where it is said the dead linger…