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NaNoWriMo blues

I’m not a fast writer.

There. I’ve said it.

Once again this year, I’m doing NaNoWriMo. And failing. Not badly, mind. My word count is a little over 16,000 when by this point in November it should be more like 34,000. But that’s what happened two years ago when I first tried it. I just don’t write that fast. It doesn’t help I don’t have a lot of detailed planning for my novel. But I’m still figuring out what that means for me. I have more than I did two years ago. (Last year didn’t happen: there wasn’t enough of a story.)

Now I’m about to start re-planning, based on what Tony McFadden has said about story structure. I have my hook written. I have my first plot point written. I know what I want to happen in the Turnaround (Tony calls this “This Changes Everything”) and I have a good idea how I want the Climax to shake out. But there are a lot of holes for me to fill.

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