The 2021 NaNoWriMo season has gotten off to a rocky start. With celebrating Halloween this year, rather than spending it as a normal day, November 1st came and went without me sitting down to write. I spent the first week of NaNo scrambling to catch up that single day.
But at the end of the week the word count was where it was supposed to be and week two of NaNoWriMo has shown no mercy. I’ve been riding near perfect word count every day. In the past, by this time, I’ve had gone over the base word count at least a couple times, so to see the story progress right on track feels a little weird, but the month isn’t over yet.
I’ve won NaNo before ahead of schedule, but I’ve never managed to have more than the 50,000 words by the end of the month. I’m not going to put that pressure on myself this year, but I’m going to reach the goal and write as much as I can after that.
The Idea for At the Turn of Tomorrow started off weak. The story wasn’t even a story, it was a two line idea I had jotted down earlier this year. For some reason, once the time came to seriously think about an option to develop for NaNo this one was the only thing I could focus on.
I’m structing my approach differently than I have in the past. Before, I would either pants the story entirely, that is I would go in completely blind with no plan and begin writing with nothing to follow. Or I would go in with chapter by chapter outlines. This year I’m working off a loose timeline of random scenes that I’ve tried to make follow each other and that would lend the natural development of plot twists and foreshadowing as I went. I’ve already seen several of these scenes find the trash bin and merge together and turn out quite longer than ever anticipated. Everything seems to be working out so far and with almost a quarter of the story complete, I know I’ll be working on At the Turn of Tomorrow for as long as it takes to see it completely finished and readable.
Until then, only three more weeks of NaNoWriMo to survive. Happy Writing.