It’s An Experiment: NaNoWriMo Days 12-15

NaNoWriMo, November 2020, DAY 12 – 1583 words

Dear Diary,

I’m still not sure if I like this pantser approach (you know, just writing by the seat of my pants without knowing where the story is going next).

On one hand, it can be fun. I’ve come up with some cool ideas on the fly that are actually quite a hoot to write.

Then again, on the other hand, sometimes the well runs dry at the wrong moment and I’m stuck in the middle of a scene, or between two scenes, not sure where to go with it next.

Yet I still haven’t taken the time to come up with plot points, so there you go.

I’m gonna just consider it an experiment. Everything else about 2020 is different, so why not my approach to NaNoWriMo?

DAY 13 – 1721 words

Dear Diary,

Tonight was the Parallel PlayDate, so I did my writing then. I made some good progress.

The story was flowing today. I keep putting my main character into the astral plane, which is fun and kind of wild to write.

Sometimes during the PlayDates, while my writers and creatives are doing their thing, I just mess around and answer emails or whatnot. It was nice to actually join them and immerse myself in my craft.

DAY 14 – 1996 words

Dear Diary,

Today was Saturday, and we had a really fun day.

BlackLion and I went on a beach walk, then did some backyard crafting (with hot tea, because it’s chilly out!) with two of my best friends. We made pentacle wreaths from vines and sticks and hot glue.

Then I had time to read and study – my favorite leisure activity. BlackLion made dinner, and I brought some to my Aunt Peg, who lives next door. I also worked on some decluttering in my bedroom, which is an ongoing project.

We did our writing in the evening, doing sprints in our Parallel PlayZone channel, then watched The Good Place before bed.

DAY 15 – 1221 words

Dear Diary,

We had our first official Writing Sprints Session on Discord today. Two of our writer friends joined BlackLion and myself.

We had a lot of fun!

I totally blanked during the last round, and didn’t write a word – because I didn’t know where the story was going next. I did come up with a clue, and made a couple of notes for my next writing session.

Like I wrote before, this pantser thing is an experiment. Some days it works better than others.

That said, even though I wrote fewer words than usual, I passed the halfway mark today, in both words and time! 25K, baby! That feels good.

Want to join us for some writing sprints? Reach out to me at nikki at nikkistarcatshields dot com

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