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Wednesday, November 3

NaNoWriMo day 2 In the nick of time

So, after getting ahead of schedule on the first day, I was feeling quite excited about writing more on the second day. I’d expected that the goal for the second day would be lower given my head start, but the daily deadline remained 1667 words. It didn’t seem like a lot to me when I was thinking about it before NaNoWriMo started, but it turns out it is quite a lot to write, especially if you, like me, have no plot and are just going with the flow.

One of the things that bothers me most about having no plot is that I find it difficult to pace the story. I write events pretty close together, and then remember that I have more than 45.000 words left to write, and I can’t possibly see how I’m going to spread out the important scenes enough to make it to the end, how I’m going to pad them to make them solid and a decent length and whatever else I’m going to write in between of the most important scenes.

I’ve already started writing one of the really important scenes, but then realised I’d put the event in too soon and I’ve pushed it back for later use. I wish I knew how to plot, but it seems like I just can’t look around the corner.
Another point I’m struggling with is the balance between funniness and seriousness. I wanted very much to make this a comedic story, but I find myself writing a serious scene and wondering whether or not that clashes too much. Does anyone have any tips?

Anyway, I was struggling pretty much until dinner, which I put off having until I had at least hit the 1667 + 1667 word mark. But what they say is true. Your brain needs food, so after dinner, I was on a roll again. Found myself insanely distracted though, I don’t quite know by what. Chubby Checker provided musical accompaniment throughout the evening. It was the stroke of midnight (the end of day 2) when I reached the deadline. I wrote a little over 1670 words yesterday and my total word count is 4284. I can’t make up my mind about whether it is depressing or not that that’s nearly 5% of the required total amount of words.


lutful said...

Heey, Loved reading this post dutch girl :D Keep it up !

saigon said...

this is my first info about this project. certainly worth the try. although i doubt mí abilities, since i am no english native speaker. but you are dutch, right?

Maartje van Hoorn said...

Yep, Dutch, that's me :) But nanowrimo doesn't necessarily have to be done in English.

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