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Challenge: Camp NaNo: Day 13: One Foot in the Quagmire


April 13

Tonight I’m putting Ernest Hemmingway’s adage—“Write drunk.  Edit sober.”—to the test.  Though instead of “drunk,” I am “sleepily tipsy.”  It doesn’t seem to be working for me as he says it should.

I am now writing the middle of the story, the section of the story arc that has always given me the most trouble, the nebulous journey from point A to point B.  Journeys have been central to the middle of each book of this series.  I have little confidence in writing journeys either.  I’m always hunting for well-written journeys, and I try to learn from every journey that I read.  (If you’ve read any fantastic journeys, please let me know.)

When writing the first book, I calculated the distances traveled daily and the number of days required to travel a particular distance by my heroes by figuring the speed at which the horses were traveling (and assuming that the horses were traveling at the average speed for each pace) for what length of time.  I’ve realized that I need to do this for the second book.  I think this will help me to cement the middle.  Once I can figure out how many days my heroes will be covering a particular area, I will be able to fill in the gaps with appropriate prose.

78 words of my word count towards other projects are these calculations, so while not strictly NaNo words, they’re proving vital for NaNo plotting.  It’s also making me rethink the distances of the first book.  I understand that the heroes’ hometown is isolated, but 125 miles from the road?  Why did I think that was a good idea?  That’s a problem for another day.  What do you all think?  Too far in a medieval-like/early colonial setting?

Today’s goal: 21666

Total word count: 18879

Day’s word count: 575

Average daily word count for April: 1452

Death count: 1

Total word count towards other projects (including this project, Facebook messages, cover letters, etc.): 17201

Daily word count towards other projects: 1604

Average daily word count for other projects: 1461

Cups of caffeine: 2 caf, 1 Coke, and 1 glass of wine to kill all the caffeine effects

Sugar: 0!

Hours spent at work: 8

Hours driving: 1+

What else distracted me: My friend has finished BBC’s Robin Hood.  I joined her for the 2 part finale.

Other campers: Apprentice, Never MasterMore Than One Page