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National Novel Writing Month: Day 21

The story moved back from A plot back to B plot tonight. I reached a spot that I’d thought would be the first crisis but which I’m thinking now may be the midpoint. Either way, three cheers for outlines. Although the outline I have is sketchy, the main points of escalation are there like life preservers dotting the broad channel I’ve elected to swim. They tend to come along right when drowning seems imminent. My goal for the week after Thanksgiving, in addition to completing the 50K challenge, is going to be to outline what I have and then what I want to have, chapter by chapter.

National Novel Writing Month: Day 20

I’ve reached the tipping point—not the exciting kind as described by Malcom Gladwell where everything starts to come more easily but rather the kind where I tip over in my chair from exhaustion. Some procrastination crept in today, so I got a late start. Luckily, the world contains coffee, and my veins also contain a lot of coffee, 1700 words later. I’m still on track, though. Day by day, the finish line inches closer. The plot of my novel doesn’t seem too outlandish today.

National Novel Writing Month: Day 19

I’ve had some moments of doubt today. I must have crossed from thinking to overthinking, because everything I was doing suddenly seemed trite, the whole project a loss, etc. But damn it, I still had a word count quota, so I shoved those thoughts aside and got to work. I’m at 32,090 words, with some thoughts about what I need to address in my A plot tomorrow. Part of my concern is that the subplot is overpowering the A plot right now. It’s probably because I’ve thought through all the connections for the subplot more over the last few days. So tomorrow I’ll switch my focus back.

National Novel Writing Month: Day 18

The handy NaNoWriMo website includes all kinds of stats to help participants gauge their progress. Today, I climbed back to meet the “on track” line of total words, broken down by the average 1667 words per day needed to complete 50K by the end of the month. But statistics are boring, right? So I’ll just say yay, I’m back on track! I think this novel is probably going to need more outdoors scenes like the one I just finished writing. There’s a whole espionage element, and a bureaucratic element.

National Novel Writing Month: Day 17

Got in about 1,200 words in a couple of hours. That’s all the time I have today. I’ll make the rest up this weekend. Again, I leaned on the support system that NaNo provides. At such time as I have a teensy bit of extra cash, I will be donating some to the cause. It’s awesome and I want it in my life all the time. For the writing, I took the story to a scene that I thought was going to be in a warehouse, but then I decided I had too many similar settings so I took it outside. This ends up being a significant switch, changing the feel of everything.