NaNoWriMo Checkin #2

Word count: 38,459

Hi all, and happy Friday!

Similarly to last week, over the past several days I’ve carried out a mass exodus of words, but fortunately I’ve written a fair amount to keep me hovering just under the 40k mark!

Words deleted: -9,540

Words added: +8,831

Overall progress: -709

Being in a word deficit is obviously not what I was aiming for, but I’m happy to say I’m still making some progress.

My writing journey this week has been focused mainly on one character.

Last week, after a review of my plot, I decided to combine two major events, summarily giving them a stronger foundation, with a more logical connection to the ending. Through doing this, the main plot points of one of the characters became a lot less relevant to the story, and effectively made their inclusion in it as a whole a bit pointless: when I realised this, I was stumped as to what to do! Do I remove the character altogether? Do I potentially complicate my plot and add a separate storyline for them?

I decided to give it a day where I focused entirely on the plot as a whole, removing the parts with this character in, and picking out bits where the plot seemed to lull.

Through doing this, I had a sudden idea which made this character much more significant to the story than they ever were before: in fact, this character is now the one who creates a relevant plot twist that leads to the inciting incident for the other characters, and also adds some much needed action into my story.

So while my word count has gone down this week, I’m happy to say my story has improved a lot.

What have you managed to do this NaNoWriMo?

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