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Nano Day 1 -no’so’good

Nov 1, 2009 | Writing, Nanowrimo, Novels | 2 comments

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I’ve never had quite such a….slow start to the Nanowrimo before.  It’s not that I don’t know what I want to write – it’s more that I know this year I’m going to be writing myself into the stories – Change and Values are both, inherently, a narrator telling a story.

Except Values seems to be (so far) tainted narration – the woman knows what she wants to say, but she’s tempering it based on what her partner has said to her/is saying to her/wants to say to her.  She’s telling it from an odd perspective too – not quite at the end, but already jumping to conclusions.  I can’t ignore her – but at the same time, I wanted to do Change first, and set ‘one’ of the scenes.

So all I’m hearing from the narrator in ‘Values‘ is apologies for her partner’s attitude and beliefs, overlayed with her opinions, and her wants – her needs.  Most of all, she’s desperate.

Change on the other hand, is dreamy, soft, sleepy.

Final wordcount for today (because I’ll always do the official round up at 11pm even if I’m writing after, for simplicity sake) – 1306.

I’d also love it if someone (or someones) could suggest something random to include in my story.  I’ve x-posted this to facebook, and twitter 🙂  Just share it in the comments and I’ll let you know tomorrow which I picked.


  1. Molly Swoboda

    Kai, I offer you this element to ponder: Audience.


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