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NaNoWriMo Halfway Point

So It’s just past the halfway point of NaNoWriMo and I’ve reached 27,095 words.
I am so glad that I was a planner not a pantser this year, it has helped me so much to have the plan to look back on every time I’ve been stuck on something. The story has actually changed a lot in the past two weeks, I’ve realised things that don’t really work from my original plan and changed some characters so that they fit better. I actually decided to change the age of a character today, so I’ll have to do a fair bit of rewriting and editing over the next couple of months so that fits at the beginning as well, but hopefully it will work out. I’ve also completely changed the ending since my plan, which now involves killing off one of my characters. I’m a little nervous about that but I know it makes more sense than the original ending. But if I hadn’t done the plan in the first place I know I would have given up by now.

I’ve got myself into a rhythm of writing as well. I thought it would be difficult to find the time to write nearly 2000 words a day. I work full time and I’ve (possibly stupidly) decided to make a few Christmas presents this year so there’s been a lot of cross-stitching happening in my writing breaks. I was worried that I wouldn’t have time to do all of that as well as writing, but the routine I’ve got has really helped. I put a timer on for 20 minutes and just write flat out for that 20 minutes, then update my word count. Then another twenty minutes, and then I take a bit of a break (where I cross-stitch and watch an episode of Bob’s Burgers). Then I do it again until I reach my word count for the day. I can write about 500 words in that 20 minute slot, so getting to 2000 words takes about an hour an a half, give or take. An hour and a half out of my day is nothing really, so I don’t feel like I haven’t got time to keep up with other things. My social life has dipped a little bit, I will admit, but everyone is thinking about Christmas ans no one has any money to do anything anyway, so I don’t feel so bad.

The main thing I want to take out of this is just to have something finished by the end of the month. I don’t know if any of it will actually be useable. I haven’t read over anything I’ve written yet, that’s a job for December Rachel, so good luck to her. But at least by the end of the month I’ll have 50,000 more words than I had at the beginning and something to work on.

I hope everyone else’s NaNo is going well. Good luck with the next to weeks šŸ™‚

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