NaNoWriMo Checkin #1

Word count: 39,168

Hi all, and happy Friday!

We’re just over one week into NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month for those who might not be familiar with it), and while my blog has been a little quiet as of late, I’ve been hiding myself away spending some one-on-one time with my current writing project. Since we’re a few days in, I thought I’d write a short post to check in my progress!

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I came into NaNoWriMo with the hope that I’ll come out with a clearer plot and more defined scene list, and with the aim of pruning out the fluff that seemed to have gathered over the past few months.

I started out the month with 45,265 words already, and while I’ve done a lot of writing in the meantime, since refining my plot I’ve cut out a lot of scenes that don’t seem to fit any more. During the first few days, I spent a couple of days kneading down the plot using the snowflake to better direct all the plot and subplots, brushing through all the lumps that seemed to have appeared.

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It may seem laborious and a bit counter intuitive, but the direction I’m guiding my characters in is a lot clearer, which is fantastic because it had begun to feel like each character was tugging on my arms and legs trying to get me to go different ways!

So while my word count has gone down, I’m happier with what I have left to write! Fingers crossed I get it all done and end up with a story I’m happy with.

Are you taking part in NaNoWriMo this month? If so, how far are you?

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2 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Checkin #1

  1. I did NaNoWriMo about 4 years ago and ended up with a really sloppy draft, but recently, the characters from that draft have been popping into my mind, so I decided to try it again! I’m not doing it for NaNoWriMo, the speed is just not something that jives with my writing style, but the spirit of the month has got me writing a lot more. It has been really fun, though, since I’ve written some version of this story before, to see how my writing skills have improved. It makes me feel like my MFA was well worth it because damn, that draft 4 years ago was a mess, but I have so much more direction and confidence now! Good luck on NaNoWriMo, Ashleigh!


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