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NaNoWriMo Update: Day 13 Recap

We’re just two days away from the halfway point! Hang in there with me Wrimos!

Today’s Word Count2,700

Total Word Count: 33,501

Estimated Writing Time: 2.5-2.75 hours

Feeling: Exhausted. By the time Thursday hits, my energy levels get low.

Motivation: Sticking to my goal of hitting 50,000 words by November 20th.

Inspiration: Knowing that the two week mark is right around the corner!

Biggest Triumph: I finished one of the most important scenes today. It was really fun to write, and it marks an exciting turning point for my protagonist’s relationships. Plus, it will be the scene responsible for a big plot reveal at the end!

Biggest Setback: I have two possible scenarios for how my novel will end, and I’m at the point where the actions of my characters are becoming directly linked to the ending. I know that this book will be the first in a series of six, so finding the exact ending point that will be satisfying–but still a bit of cliffhanger–has been a little difficult. I think I’m going to have to kill my darlings for my original ending for this book and revive them at the beginning of book three.

Helpful Insights: If you are unsure of which path to take with your novel, trying talking it out. Either find a good listener or a private space to talk out loud to yourself. By simply vocalizing your novel’s trajectory, you are forced to fully explain and justify it–which you may find to be very difficult or very easy. I always find that talking out my plot is the best way to brainstorm, and I am normally flooded with ideas as the words leave my mouth.

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13 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Update: Day 13 Recap”

    1. Thank you for reading! I hope that my novel will be available next year sometime, so hopefully you won’t have to wait too long lol.

      Yes, killing the darlings is difficult, and I’m not terribly happy about it. But I have faith that it is the best decision for the overall arch of my series. The ending I wanted would have been killer, though. Bummer.


      1. That’s the wonderful thing about endings. They sit in your brain and wait for another chance to bid on the ending pages. Maybe one day you will get to use the ending and make another incredible series.

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  1. I’m the odd duck that when I read about authors struggling with the decision to have to kill off characters makes me what to read that book that much more…must be why I enjoyed George R.R. Martin so much. Haha!

    Keep up the good work!

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  2. It’s funny that you mention killing off your characters in this post. Last year’ s novel (which remains unfinished) involved A LOT of death, and my writer BFF now jokes that killing off characters has become my specialty. Even when we were using our writers block dice (each die selects a genre/char/plot/twist), 3 out of 4 times death would pop up. I blame it on the hyena [shapeshifter] massacre and having to make sure my main character had no family left so that she could fulfill the prophecy for Act III.

    So far, it doesn’t look like anyone’s going to die in this year’s book. Although, I have a feeling something nasty is going to happen to the ex-husband… haha!

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    1. Haha! You know, having a lot of death in your books is a pretty exciting specialty to have!

      For me, I’m just trying to figure out what to do with one of my villains who I think is turning into a strong character. I’m not sure whether to get rid of him after this book or save him so he can stir up some drama later on in the series. I definitely have some forward planning to do.


      1. If he’s a good strong villain, I might lean toward keeping him around. But your book will dictate that for you in the end!

        I’m hoping to someday get back to my series books that I never went very far with. They’re very interconnected and then I went and added a whole other family to the mix that will be the nemeses of the original family. I better get a move on and finish something, huh? 🙂

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      2. I feel you. Finishing his HARD. Especially when you know you’re going to just finish one book only to have to write 2-infinity more. You’ve got this, though. 1,000 words a day can get your 2-7 novels in a year! Baby steps!

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      3. I worked on one book during NaNo for YEARS and it’s still not done, and there’s only maybe 20% left of the story to go? I seriously need to work on my follow through. Thus making the plan for post-NaNo and seeing how it goes.

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