Fun Lines from NaNoWriMo

When you’re trying to reach 50,000 words, it stands to reason that you’d have some very, very strange phrases that will later be edited out or replaced with “real” writing when you go about doing a “real” draft of your NaNo novel.

Here are some of the strange lines and phrases from “Victorious” I wrote this November.

  • “With the caution of a terrified bunny rabbit…”
  • ” ‘I didn’t say “Bridget,” I said “Bridges,”‘ Victoria said impatiently.  ‘You know.  A bridge just sort of sits there stupidly while everything useful either passes over it or under it.’ “
  • “ ‘So you’re saying all people in your United States get one vote?’ she asked eagerly.  ‘It’s not one vote for the working class, two votes for the merchant class, three for the academic class, and four for the noble class?’ “
  • ” Without moving from her nestled, protected spot, Mina suggested Duke Ammon do something that really wasn’t fit for discussion in mixed company.”
  • “As the session broke up, he could at least console himself with the thought of resting in peace, finally, without any sort of royal humdiggery.”
  • “Everyone with at least half a brain knew the Duchess of Leicester was, to put it politely, a total control freak; to put it less politely, she was a territorial dictator when it came to social functions and her own household.”
  • “An explosion of artery-clogging goodness burst into his mouth.”

What are your best and funniest lines from this year’s NaNo draft?  The more ridiculous, the better!  (Especially jokes that look weird out of context.  I love those.)


Published by Feliza

Feliza Casano is a writer and editor with a love of speculative fiction, graphic novels, and good books. She writes and edits at Girls in Capes ( and contributes to other websites on science fiction and fantasy topics.

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