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Day 3 – A NaNo Afternoon


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Phew – today was a long NaNoWriMo session. I left the writing to a more optimum time for me (late afternoon, evening work well) by then my creativity seems to have woken up and I also get a chance to do other things before sitting down at the keyboard.

I started shortly before 4pm with about half an hour of research, I also made some notes today – next to the story map in my notebook. Just on the events (plot) of the next few chapters so that my writing had a concrete direction.

I am not quite a ‘pantster’ – someone who literally flies by the seat of their pants – has no idea what they will write next and doesn’t make a plan beforehand.

Many writers spend the month before NaNoWriMo planning (or even writing – cheats ūüėČ ) their story. I had a busy month performing and writing poetry, attending workshops and book launches, enjoying the literature festival, running Inkspill and going back to work, I had no time spare to plan a 50,000 word write!


Today was a GOOD day! I did some surfing about yesterday (on the internet Рwe live pretty far from the coast!) and came across a really good website covering NaNoWriMo from a social network link. I will have to try to find it again tomorrow and hook up a link.

After the amazing Mark Lanegan gig all thoughts of my NaNo write completely left my head and it was a while today before I thought about it at all. When I did think about it, I thought about dialogue.

My narrative voice is fairly fine tuned from my prose poetry but dialogue Рthat is a struggle Рto make it sound natural at least. But as we all know DIALOGUE carries the story along, can move the action forward and is necessary to break up the text of a longer piece of writing.

I decided today I was going to make sure I used dialogue.


I started writing for about half an hour –¬†40 minutes¬†and to my surprise and delight had managed¬†¬†1081 words. I felt¬†I needed a break – so unlike yesterday, I allowed myself a break.

45 minutes later I was back on the laptop and spent the best part of another 45 minutes writing, perhaps a little longer. A strange thing happened….

I decided today I would smash the 1667 daily word count as it is Sunday and I could write in short slots. Every time¬†I totalled¬†the word count it would end on a number that was only a few steps away from a pinnacle number, or a round one (ending in 0) – now I do not have an issue with this sort of thing normally, but just like the days of dissertation writing I heard the inner cheer leader –

‘Go on¬†just another few hundred words!’¬†

2295 after an hour of writing plus a little more researching.


‘See how close it is to 2300? Go On!’



‘See how close it is to 2450? I bet you could reach 2500¬†Go On!’



‘See how close it is to 2650? I bet you could reach 2700¬†Go On!’

at this point my own inner voice replied


“Shut UP! I have cooking to do, I’m starving, it’s tea time and I still have a poem to write!”

(Guess I can write dialogue after all!)



  • Take that break!
  • Listen to your own personal inner cheerleader – but don’t be afraid to shut them up when you have had enough!
  • Write a few notes before you start the session so you know where the writing is going or what you want to achieve *PLOT ideas or events.
  • At the end of the write (when your cheerleader is sulking at being told to shut up!) write a few base notes – leave it hanging – but know already where you are going to start the next day!
  • REWARD yourself¬†for¬†being good!


TOTAL WORDS = 61921nano5000b

WORDS TO GO = 43,8081nano1vik


PS A scary fact I picked up from the PAD challenge – we are 10% of our way through the month – by now your Nano should be 5000 words!