NaNoWriMo Diary – Days 19, 20 & 21

Hi guys, a mixed few days for me as far as NaNoWriMo is concerned. I feel like I’m paying the price for writing spontaneously as opposed to planning beforehand, because I went down the wrong direction during Days 19 and 20 for my WIP and had to scrap some of what I had written. As a result, Day 21 was spent attempting to correct what had gone wrong, and thankfully I had done so.

I mentioned in my last post that I discovered the cause of my character’s psychic powers, but all the research I conducted beforehand to contextualise it did not bode well enough, so I had to scrap 1,300 words of what I had written. 1,300 words! I was not a happy man at all once I realised it. It’s not great at all in the middle of NaNoWriMo since getting words down is key here.

But I had to do it. Scrapping those words wasn’t a case of cutting off my nose to spite my face; it was about refocusing and keeping myself on track. The important thing is that there are eleven more months until the next NaNoWriMo. Eleven months in which I can apply the same discipline I’ve had over November to and finish my first draft of my book.

Moving on, a solution was found. Instead of using a heart condition to explain their powers, I researched brain tumours and strokes as a means of grounding my character’s powers enough in reality while allowing for it to deviate into more supernatural territory. 

It was hard for me to sacrifice 1,300 words in the middle of NaNoWriMo, but I had to get my story back on the right track. The story and the finished product are what matters most to me. I want them to be great. I want to get to write ‘THE END’ on my manuscript as soon as I can. But I can’t write thousands and thousands of words based on something that didn’t work.

Word Count

  • Day 19: 1,093
  • Day 20: 600
  • Day 21: (-1,300) 949

Total Word Count: 18,969

I hope any of you reading this have fared better than me. Let me know how you’re getting on!

Happy writing! Bye!

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