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Word Count

4,189 Is my total today. By the way, I forgot to tell you that if you are doing NaNoWriMo you will find me there under Dars Haven. Sometimes you have to put it in as one word, other times it is two words. Wish I could have put in the apostrophe to show it is about my Haven. But oh, well, you get the idea.


How are you all doing? One of the people in my local group is already above 23K. Yikes! Her keyboard must be burning up! I can only do a bit to keep my fibro from flaring. But really if you can average 1667 words a day from November first, you can reach the goal of 50K on the end of the month. If you start today or later you might have to make a larger goal to catch up but it is doable. I know people that didn’t start until the last weeks. I have a hard time writing that much in such a short time, but it can be done. It does make me happy to create these stories.


There are many people on the site to give you help and encouragement. You may have folks in your own area to meet up with for write ins. I don’t go to those due to my fibro keeping me home. And I find I do better writing without a lot of people about. But I have friends that need that kind of social writing to keep their stories going.


Please friend me on the NaNo site so we can be cheer leaders for each other. 🙂

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Dar49 Daily.

So here I am, again, crazily typing another NaNo. I have been doing this since 2001. I haven’t made a whole novel every time, but I have had success, just the same. I have those years I didn’t finish as great ideas to work on some other time. Most of my attempts have ended with meeting the 50K goal and some with much more wordage and still not a complete novel. The most fun I have had writing have been about my sentient planet called Haven. I would say I have 13 novelettes with that universe in mind.

Last year I tried to find something else to write about. I got to the goal, but I wasn’t as happy writing it. This year Haven is calling again. I have a new planet that is proving lethal to its inhabitants. It was a planet of centaur-like beings. In this case many of the scientists takeoff to find other planets. My character lands on Earth post apocalypse. She doesn’t know the language. Her people are all gone. Even those that had flown with her had died of injuries incurred before leaving their planet.

Haven hasn’t gotten involved yet, but that’s Her way. She likes to let folks figure out things as best they can. It makes people feel better if they can work their way through problems. But sometimes we need a little help. Not now, say my planet.

I’ve written 2690 words so far. I like to get ahead as I can because I know fibro will take it out of me as winter comes on. In fact, we had warnings of our first snow this weekend. It did dust the nearby mountains. So we begin. At least my story keeps my mind off the pain.

Good luck to all of you who have joined in this word cyclone!

By the way, if you don’t know what it is check out There are plenty of folks to help you get started and keep you motivated. The book, No Plot, No Problem by Chris Baty was what got me going. Chris was the originator of this fun. Joining within the first week can be easily doable. Later starts can be done but are very difficult. Try it. What do you have to lose?

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