Nanowrimo Week One: Barreling Along

13,448 out of 50,000 words – 27% Done

I am right on track, actually a little ahead. Sometimes the words just come and the story spills out, gushes onto the page. That is when writing is exhilarating. And this first week of Nanowrimo has been wonderful. I have been mostly writing in the mornings – waking up with the story fresh in my mind. One day, I did not write at all. I had to think about where I was going. What should happen next? Who are these characters? But this morning, it became clear to me. This novel, this story, is not about what I thought it was about. My characters have shown me what lies beneath it. It suddenly all makes sense.

I promised to share a passage or two … and so I will. Remember, this is first draft material – not polished, not elaborated on, not deep. This passage is from Kate’s point a view – a woman who has gone for a hike with her twelve year old daughter on a beautiful, late October day…and then the unthinkable happens.

The surface of the lake rippled with a breeze. I followed its edge, the tracks of my daughter, her hiking books imprinting her presence there. And every few seconds I cupped my hands to my mouth and shouted her name, hearing it bounce back to me, empty. Frannie’s tracks left the lake and then vanished on the hard rocks after a few tiny smudges of dirt. I stood where my daughter was last known to be and scanned 360 degrees. Trees. Mountain peaks. The distant valley. Nothing. The day was fading and Frances was gone. Tears sprang to my eyes and when I opened my mouth to shout her name, what emerged was a croak, a whisper, barely any sound at all.

Week two of Nanowrimo has begun…I am well into my story and can see where it is going. Stay tuned for an update next week!

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  1. Oh my gosh, I was totally captivated by your passage. Keep up the good work!!

  2. What a lot of words in just a week: congrats on staying on track!

    • Wendy on November 8, 2011 at 13:36

    You are too kind, Kathy 🙂

    Thanks for the encouragement, Buried In Print 🙂

    • Sand on November 8, 2011 at 22:22

    You’re rockin’, Wendy! I totally agree with Kathy, and wish my writing was as engrossing.

    Glad to see you’re enjoying writing fiction again!

    • Wendy on November 9, 2011 at 07:03

    Thanks, Sand – although I beg to differ…you are a fantastic writer!! And this I KNOW to be true 🙂 It is fun to write fiction again…it has been a long time and I almost forgot how completely engaging the process can be.

    • Serena on November 9, 2011 at 07:32

    I’m so thrilled to know you! Wonderful! I think this is great and I would love to read this novel! I’m already involved…where is Frances….where is this gorgeous raw place?

    • Wendy on November 9, 2011 at 07:34

    Serena: Thank you…that is very generous! I promise, if I can manage to make something of this novel, I will let you read it 🙂 Right now, I can’t imagine anyone actually reading all those words…it needs A LOT of revision…

    • Aths on November 9, 2011 at 18:26

    Good luck! The passage is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

    • Wendy on November 15, 2011 at 07:29

    Aths: Thank you!!!

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