Hello fellow writers! We are at the end of week two! Figure out a way to celebrate, because we seriously deserve it for sticking through NaNoWriMo so far.
Most of week two has been uneventful for me, but as you will find out below, I had some scrambling to do tonight. While my work on Day 14 did miss my self-inflicted word count goal, I am happy knowing that my efforts strengthened my draft. So read my results below and then tell me how you’re doing!
Today’s Word Count: 2,184
Week 2 Word Count: 17,556
Total Word Count: 35,565
(You’ll see my math doesn’t add up when you combine weeks one and two. I suffered a roughly 120 word casualty when repairing the plot hole I explain below.)
Estimated Writing Time: 1.5 hours
Feeling: Like I dodged a bullet
Motivation: Treating my writing like a job and doing at least some work, even when I don’t feel well
Inspiration: The positivity and support of other Wrimos in the WordPress community!
Biggest Triumph: Writing anything at all and not letting Daniel’s epiphany entirely derail my progress (see below).
Biggest Setback: I had two pretty big setbacks today. First, I suffer from chronic migraines, and I had a lovely flareup that prevented me from writing most of the day. Second, my husband pointed out a rather concerning plot hole in my draft, which gave me a mini panic attack. However, I think I have been able to manipulate the first draft enough to repair the hole, and I’m grateful it happened now and not later. There will be more smoothing to do when I revise, but that’s expected and manageable.
Helpful Insights: If you realize that your novel has a plot hole (like mine did!), don’t let it entirely destroy your progress. Have a little freak out or a drink or do whatever you need to do, then come back and fix it. Some plot holes will require major revision, and some will simply take some finessing and reorganizing. I advise repairing them as soon as you can, as it is very difficult to finish a draft by writing on the assumption that the hole will get patched.
Remember: this isn’t a lasting setback. It’s a chance to make your novel better, and it’s better that it happen now rather than when you send it to a professional or publish it. Plus, if you patch your hole properly, the act can boost your word count. Win-win!