Day 24

Word Count: 86k I think.

Hey Reader,

So I have five days of thanksgiving break to finish my first draft, plus Monday if I really need it. That’s not a lot of time. I know I can probably get those 14000 words in there, but the problem is that I don’t know if my story will get finished in only 100k…

I know that if it goes too far over I will probably getting rid of a lot of it in editing, but still, it’s crazy. The last book I wrote was sci-fi dystopian, so it made sense that it was 120,000 words. And my NaNoWriMo novel is actually really good, or at least until I get into editing and release that inner editor. So for now, I’m going to give myself the room to get to the end.

AND I DON’T KNOW HOW IT ENDS.

There are three possible endings to the book, and it is a stand-alone novel so I didn’t have to figure that out before I planned out my other books or whatever. The point is, I have no idea which path I’m going to take, and the bigger problem is that they are all so completely different.

Is anyone else having this problem? By the way, there is another write in tomorrow and Saturday on the NaNoWriMo youtubes.

And thank you to everyone who is following me on twitter and this website! You all are amazing and we almost have a thousand! That’s insane! (I honestly don’t know why you all keep reading these things, but I’m cool. I’ll roll with it)

Anyway, this is a short post because it is actually six minutes until day 25 (I procrastinate), so I should post this. My challenge for you, and this is good for all of you pantsers and planners out there, is to just let the writing take you somewhere. For example, I’m finding in my book that there are so many opportunities for obstacles and events. And the ending has so many openings!

If you are freaking out about your ending like me, try this as your challenge: Ignore the original ending on your outline, if you have one. Don’t forget all of the little strings you need to tie up, but that’s what editing is for, right? Just write until the end and fall into the story. It isn’t going to be good if you don’t feel it, or if you plan out every little detail.

I don’t know. This has worked great on my other books.

I post a new NaNoWriMo update every week day on this blog. Like this post if you liked it, and you can follow my website via email, WordPress, or any of the social media widgets on the side. If you are reading this on Goodreads, then you can follow me or add me as a friend!

Also, for one day of NaNoWriMo I will do a Q&A about me, my work, or NaNoWriMo, so if you have questions then comment below or on the Q&A page.

Thanks everyone for reading!

Kelli Crockett.

PS: If you are the Red Termite or Sock-monkey (You know who you are), we’ll be waiting out in the road at midnight with baseball bats until you get here… so welcome! Love you guys.

2 Comments on “Day 24

    • Well, Sock-Monkey, the baseball bat seems to be becoming a sort of tradition. We did it last year! Can’t wait to see you either! Tell the Red Termite I say hi.

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