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NaNoWriMo isn’t as easy as I’d ThItWouBe

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Three days into NaNoWriMo and I’ve written a grand total of 2,387 words. This means I’m averaging 795 words per day. So if I remain at this rate I’ll be 26,130 words short of my 50,000 target come 30 November.

Methinks, I’m gonna have to up my game!

In all honesty, the problem arose when I realised the storyline I’d planned to write was failing spectacularly. So during a difficult conversation I realised that if I stood any chance of completing this challenge I’d have to start from scratch.

The only thing to do was rip up all the plot notes I had and start afresh; new subplots were devised, a couple of new characters were thrown into the mix and a crazy idea (which I still haven’t decided if I’m going to use) came to me somewhere between the supermarket and home.

For a couple of days I mulled over these revised ideas until I finally convinced myself I could (possibly, maybe…have some faith in yourself man!) make it work – even though fiction writing has become completely foreign to me given it’s been years – not months – since I wrote anything in this field.

But hey, it’s NaNoWriMo! As long as I get a draft written by 30 November, I’ll have as long as I want to edit it into something readable :p

So if you fancy reading some dodgy fiction, the prologue has been posted to Little Bit of Red. Chapter One will follow once I’ve given it a quick edit. After that, things will hopefully become a little easier :)

Mature Content Warning: Contains violence and bad language

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8 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo isn’t as easy as I’d ThItWouBe

  1. I am playing “catch up” tonight! I’ve written 1500 words total (or thereabouts) so I have to write 2 and a teensy bit days worth of words! Of course, I’ve not planned any characters or storylines, they are just coming out as they do…because, as you know, plenty of time to re-write and edit after the fact :-) good luck!

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    • Over the last couple of days I’ve started writing as you described here. Things just took a completely unexpected turn so I through out the plan and decided to wing it. Hopefully I won’t live to regret this decision, but we’ll just have to wait and see! Good luck with your writing :)

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  2. You can do it! I thought about it but became to intimidated! GOOD LUCK!!!!

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  3. I did much the same thing. I wrote and scrapped two versions before I ended up on version C, which in all honestly, should really be version F or G by now, but I began to feel bad about all the abandoning, so now we’re stuck on C. All of this scrapping has set me very far back, like at the starting line practically. Anyway, enough about my letters, keep at it! Luck!!

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  4. I am amazed that anyone can complete this challenge. I could never write so many words. Best of luck to you. And thanks for following my blog :)

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    • I’m starting to question whether I will be able to complete it! It’s a bit of a challenge, but I’ll keep going for as long as I can. Perhaps I’ll even succeed! :)

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