NaNoWriMo Update #3

Guess what it is – it’s time for update no. 3!

My project is currently sitting at around 27,5k words, which is just over halfway in terms of what NaNo is supposed to be (50k), but probably even closer to finished in reality.

My plan was always that this was going to be a novella, not a full-blown novel, and right now I feel like I might have 10-15k words left before it’s over, judging by where we are in the story. I’ve spent more time than I thought I would introducing everything, laying down the foundations, and we’ve just reached a point where I’m ramping up the tension. I think my plan is to dial it back a little before turning it to the max again soon.

This week’s writing has definitely been more unsure than Week One and Week Two. I talked about previously how I had a very clear story in mind, but apparently that didn’t include the parts I’ve been writing lately. It’s not an issue, since I am used to pantsing, but it changes up the flow when I go from being very certain about where the story is heading to suddenly being blind.

It’s interesting though. I keep wondering if this story will need a lot of revision later on, if I’m going to add bits to it or change it up. I don’t think so, but I won’t know for sure until the story is done.

At least the ending is clear to me, now that I have the beginning and large parts of the middle. It’s to the point where I almost have it written out, even though there are large gaps missing before I get there, but it’s just so perfect. Looking forward to cracking on with it, whenever I get there.

And that’s the thing – I’m not sure when I’ll get there. I’ve been writing slower this week, and as I’ve already mentioned, I’m far away from hitting 50k by the end of November. This thing might be done around 40k, which I think will be doable (just about) or I’ll just have to keep carrying on with it into December.

But that won’t be a problem – I’m excited to finish it.

How’s your NaNoWriMo project going? Is it everything you hoped it would be? Or are you struggling and worried about it? Let me know!

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