Even the most everyday things contain beauty. And by now, our characters are neck-deep in plot devices designed to hurt them. Today, let’s try some good ol’ juxtaposition. Can you find beauty amidst the terror?
Today, we reach 30,000 words. Every year, thirty thousand is the point where I stop and go “wow”. Regardless of the quality of the words, or how likely I am to ever want to turn them into a finished work, there’s certainly an awful lot of them.
Week three can be many things. It can be a sudden struggle as you run out of things to write about, or things can ‘click’ and you suddenly realise you know how to weave your plot together. It’s day 18, and I feel like I know my main character. She probably has a few surprises still tucked away, but it’s at a point where I can start to make more educated plot decisions knowing how she will react to them. I’ve made it over the bump of feeling like I don’t know what I’m doing or where things are going. I may not have a better idea, but I’m in it for the journey now, because I know my character will not disappoint.
Think about the relationship between you and your writing. Who is pulling who along? Is your character following your orders or taking you on unexpected journeys? Remember there are no right or wrong answers–you’re creating something and that’s magical.
A physical journey across the map? A character’s spiritual journey, or redemption arc? The quick-paced traveling of the plot? Or is it simply a person, showing up on your MC’s doorstep with a suitcase and a globe?
We’re halfway through! Today we reach a colossal 25,000 words–be proud of yourself.
Fun fact, my first year of NaNo I only started writing on day 15. I was a tiny 9 year old, so I only managed 3,000 words. However, my mom completely smashed the 50k in only two weeks–pretty sure she has superpowers.
It was just a game. Breathe in, bite your tongue and keep walking as far as you can...
Use this excerpt from my own NaNo draft to inspire a scene in your own!