NaNoWriMo 2016: Hitting that Stride

So I realize my past couple of posts have been centered on the struggles I’ve face thus far in NaNoWriMo. I’m happy to say, this post will not be in the same vain. For the most part, I feel as though I’m hitting my stride.

Recently I passed another major story beat in the narrative, which has been really exciting. The story has led the characters to a new setting with new obstacles as they edge closer to the finale. I believe the freshness of the setting and the new challenges this will mean for the characters has renewed my excitement for this story.


I have been in this world with these characters long enough to really start to get to know them. Sounds crazy doesn’t it. For those of you who aren’t writers, you may think I’ve gone bonkers. I’m not crazy I promise. But your characters truly do start to take a life and personality of their own.

It’s like waking from a deep slumber. First you see tiny details as your vision adjusts. Noises blur together. You may still have some disorientation from being yanked from your dream. Slowly, the fog starts to lift. Your senses begin to awaken with you. Only then does awareness begin to set in.

I haven’t quite hit the midpoint of this story yet, but I’m within sight, maybe just a few scenes out. At this point, I’m 36,000 words in and certain the finished manuscript will surpass the 50,000 words of the NaNoWriMo challenge. I’m estimating it will easily reach 80,000-90,000 words altogether. So it looks like I’m going to be at this for a while longer. Good thing I’m finding ways to renew my excitement to keep writing.

I hope all is going well on your end. Remember folks, express your creativity!


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