At long last, I've changed the working title of "Lost and Found." The story is now called "To Those Seek Sirens."
Camp is now over, Wrimos. It's time to say goodbye to your campgrounds, your cabins, and the safety of a wordtracker. Now you're in the wilderness.
Persis had never heard a door slam in Seller’s Moon. No raised voices, and no babies’ cries—no one wanted to stir up dust from the long season.
Crushed between two pages bookmarking a section on home fertility remedies, Shiori found a head of dried hydrangeas. He plucked it out gingerly—the petals were veined and brittle as fly wings. They shuddered quietly in his grasp. Shiori's eyebrow ticked. He hated dead things.
Khurshid tapped her chin with the tooth of his curved sword. Umi flinched.
Campers, pack your laptop bags--it's nearly time for the next session of Camp Nano! I've already written a post dedicated to describing the process and how to succeed, but if you don't know, Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) is a huge online resource for launching your next writing project any format or genre welcome and meeting a goal of writing time or quantity. Any format and genre is welcome.
Writing is the longest, most elaborate improvisation you will ever have to pretend is not an improvisation. Writers, incidentally, get up to a lot of nonsense they don't really teach you in Lit class. For instance:
"Outside the unintelligible grumbling and angry hissing of dragon language, the home of the draca was known as Dragonhalf, Crown of Dragons. The original words translated into something more like Grave of Dragons, but the two were synonymous to draca. Once assigned, authority could not be escaped by the holder or revoked by those beholden. Unsurprisingly, in the history of draca rulers, only a handful had died from confirmed natural causes. "
If you've had trouble succeeding at Nanowrimo in the past, or if this is your first attempt, then it may be time to tear some stitches in your writing process. As a five-time Wrimo and three-time winner, here are the best tips I can give you.