Row80 Check in – Story Surprises

“So there’s a freeing up that happens when I can go into that storytelling mode…It isn’t about how much sense you make, it is about how compelling you are.
― Nalo Hopkinson

Playing with Photography – Photo by Morgan Dragonwillow


We are on the fourth day of NaNoWriMo and I’m feeling pretty good about my progress, both in word count and how my story is going. Although I created a loose outline my story definitely has a life of it’s own. Last night it decided to surprise me by revealing something about one of the characters that I hadn’t even suspected, it was a jaw dropper.

Word Count: 5094

I’m currently averaging the 1667 a day with a little more here and a little less there. I’m hoping to have a couple of days a week that I write 3000 and above to help me out on those weekend days when I may not be able to do as much with my granddaughters here.

So far I’m on target with writing posts. I decided that since I’m writing a Wednesday post for Row80 I probably won’t be doing the Wordless Wednesday posts, maybe.

For the most part I’m staying off of NaNoWriMo sites because I just can’t handle seeing other peoples high word counts, as long as I’m keeping up with what is required to reach my goal, I’m happy. Otherwise I start getting upset over their word counts and don’t think I’m doing well enough. I know it isn’t suppose to be that way, but I am how I am about such things.

I hope your reaching your goals this week and feeling good about your writing as well!

Are you competitive, is it problematic for you when others have such high word counts or are you the laid back type that thinks it’s all good?



Visit the other Rowers and support their writing journey by leaving word love in their comments. Of course any words of encouragement are much appreciated here as well.




46395_1546269707254_5807064_nMorgan Dragonwillow is recovering perfectionist, poet & author that (mostly) doesn’t let her fears get in the way of her passion for writing and creating. She is team leader at @StoryDam, creatrix of #OctPoWriMo

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6 thoughts on “Row80 Check in – Story Surprises

  1. I’m a complete pantster, even though I generally follow the story in linear fashion, so I love those kinds of surprises.
    Congratulations on your word count so far!

  2. Hello, Morgan. So good to hear you are writing for NaNo and finding surprises in your story. Yes, me too. I’m running about 1600 words a day (a little behind), and surprising myself with twists and turns. There’s just something about getting those words on the page that lead to new direction. Of course, the rest of my office is a mess, and I’m starting to feel behind in everything, including still needing a few more poems to finish out OctPoWriMo! About those word counts, it maybe that writing poetry means distilling down to the essence, so to speak. What’s more important is that the story is moving you as you write it. Even if the end of the month doesn’t bring 50,000 words, I hope you celebrate every word you have written!

    • Hi Beth, The funny thing for me, I actually get more housework done when I am writing because when I take breaks I feel antsy and start cleaning up. My house is cleaner than it has been in months! Nothing like a good ol’ writing challenge to get my house cleaned up! LOL! Thanks for stopping by and sharing word love!

  3. I’ve only recently realized how competitive I am. Like you, I’ll compare my word counts to others’ and feel I’m not measuring up. I just try to focus on my goals, my stories and not worry about it, but when you see someone else writing 10K in a day and it takes you a week or two to write that much, it’s frustrating.

    Good luck with NaNo, Morgan!

    • Thanks Denise, Yes that darn competitive streak is a pain in my neck. But this year I went into it telling myself I was going to do my best to not let other people’s number bother me. The only person I’m trying to out do is myself. Like today for instance, I am trying to beat my all time word record of 5375, so far I’m at 3938 and hope to make it by the end of the day. Thanks for stopping by and sharing word love!

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