NaNoWriMo :: Day of Writing Dangerously

I mentioned the other day I had fallen quite far behind with my NaNoWriMo novel.

I decided to take Tuesday off work so that I could spend it working solidly on my NaNo and catch up as much as possible. Luckily for me a new NaNo friend Holly agreed to come along with me and create our own ‘Day of Writing Dangerously’, also known as the ‘Northern Quarter NaNo café crawl’.

We set out at 9am yesterday morning in MCR Coffee for a relaxing hour of plotting and transferring work over to Scrivener in preparation for the big day.

Today Holly wears the ‘Inspiration’ collection.

Feeling confident.

At 10am we headed just up the road to the Night & Day café where we’ve been having our weekly write-in meetings, but unfortunately they never showed to open up for us! So instead we made our way around to Home Sweet Home and settled in with their comfy booths, multiple plug points and delicious food for a good solid writing session.

These ultimate hot chocolates proved very popular with the Wrimos.

I think that’s badly-concealed lust for the extra shot of alcohol in her hot chocolate.

Holly and I powered through 2000 words in the company of the other Wrimos, before heading back to Night & Day with the remnants of the group at 1pm.

Already looking pretty zonked.

We had a short 1000 word session here because it was pretty dark, cold, and lacking in wi-fi, before heading along to the Black Dog Ballroom.

I was writing towards my celebratory cocktail.

In here we punched through another 2000, meaning I was able to achieve my day’s target of 5000 AND finally smash past that tricksy NaNo target line that has been evading me since week 1!

After we celebrated with some food and booze, we wrote a little more before skipping along to Nexus Art Café for some nice chilled out word sprints with tea and cake as a reward.

This is us with Marlon, our French-Mancunian protegé for the day.

Nearly done!

By the end of the day both Holly and I had broken 6000 words (but not so much as a sweat!) and were feeling pretty smug.

Here’s an extract from what I wrote yesterday:

“Dennis, you’re scaring me.”

With a brief shake of his head, Dennis leaned down and brushed the softest kiss over his mouth. “A little fear is good for you now an then. It keeps you healthy.”

Torin remained unconvinced. “Please, just let me go.”

Dennis moved down to nip at his earlobe, then dragged his teeth along Torin’s neck, testing them once or twice as if he meant to bite down, but resisting.

“Dennis—” Torin’s voice dragged off into a soft sigh as Dennis bit down gently and started to suck on Torin’s neck, just at the point where his collar wouldn’t quite cover it. Of course, Torin thought. And he just knew it would be the first thing Misha noticed, too. Dennis had moved his hands up to Torin’s wrists and pinned them against the bed, so he was effectively trapped, spread out like a naturalist’s victim. Torin tried to free them but the grip was iron-like, and all he could do was struggle and writhe against it in protest.

“Keep struggling,” Dennis whispered against his ear. “I like it.”


About sarahgracelogan

Sarah Grace is an itinerant scribbler and general layabout. She runs a writing group called CAKE.shortandsweet, because any form of procrastination from actual writing is always attractive to the serious author of refined taste. When not distracted by laser pens, Sarah Grace writes novels, short stories and flash fiction, poetry, stage scripts and screenplays. She has performed her work at Stirred Poetry, Bad Language and Tongue in Cheek Manchester. Her first publication, Humping the Boonies is a self-published chapbook available directly from the author, or from Travelling Man, Manchester. You can find more details about her ongoing projects, not to mention a selection of free stories up for grabs right here on her blog. She also likes to talk about theatre, film, books, photography, and especially games and other things that involve collaborative storytelling. Sarah Grace likes feedback, in whatever form it comes.


  1. Congratulations! And I ended up taking my bestie/wifey along for one of those Ultimates today. She was very impressed!

  2. Love this – who says writing is a lonely profession!?
    Congrats on breaking your target line S xx

  3. An excellent experiment and seems well executed. And it looks as though you had fun?

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