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Ten Thousand Words And Counting


It’s just turned afternoon here in the UK and instead of planning my evening for bonfire night, I’m staring at my NaNoWriMo word-count, wondering how much more I can get written before I need to leave the house. After all, I need pesky things like food and the kitchen is looking a little bare at the moment.

I’m going to keep this week’s Weekend Coffee Share short as I really do need to keep my attention on finishing the current draft of Shadow Dawn. Over the last five days I have written 10,128 words to add to my book, taking the current draft total to…



I’m currently working on chapter ten of the book and I’m really proud of how much I’ve written over the last week. Writing the synopsis for Shadow Dawn really helped with motivating me and keeping me from going off track during the last few days.

I’m not quite hitting the same daily word-counts as I was when I blasted out the last full draft of Shadow Dawn, but I’m managing at least 2,000 words a day, and yes, I’m writing each chapter over from scratch.

Reading back the stuff I’d written from about chapter five onward, it was clear that my story had taken some very weird tangents to the point where none of the characters were heading in the direction that they needed to be.

We are now on track.


I’ve cut away most of the old draft and I’m starting afresh.

In December I will have to go back and lengthen a lot of the chapters, and I’m starting to come to terms with the fact that I’m crap at chapter endings. I really struggle to create a final paragraph that doesn’t feel too sudden or cliched.

But! That is all a December problem and right now it’s November so I need to get back to writing. Best of luck to anyone else who’s also trying to complete NaNoWriMo this month.

Happy writing!


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Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


  1. Accidentally Single says

    Chapter 10 already?! Great job. Stay focused.

  2. I admire all the November novelists. It is such a big effort in a short time. I am not sure how you all manage to pump out so many words a day. Still, I may try it next year because you all seem to go on a voyage of discovery through the process. Enjoy!!!

  3. Shilpa Garg says

    Wow! That’s a great progress. Keep writing and good luck 🙂

  4. I’m impressed with your word count, good job! This is my first year participating in NaNoWriMo and I’m sitting at 13,1060 words so far. Good luck, thanks for sharing.

  5. Congrats, Carol. You’re doing really well with your word count. All the best with it.
    xx Rowena

  6. I wasn’t panicked about my numbers until I looked at yours! (I know, I shouldn’t compare. But, hell, that’s a lot of words you’ve got going on.)

  7. Wow, sounds like you are doing great! I’ve never managed to get any further than thinking ‘Ow, NaNoWriMo, that sounds like a great idea’. Maybe next year. 🙄 Good luck with your book!

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