NaNoWriMo Day Three – I’ve Made A Huge Mistake

Why on earth did I think it was a good idea to write 2000-3000 words a day and then write a 500-word blog post as well? Well, it’s NaNoWriMo day three and I’m not backing out now, so please excuse my rambling for the next few minutes.

If you missed my previous posts about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), you can find the links below.

Day One: Intro to NaNoWriMo

Day Two: What I’m Writing

How Was NaNoWriMo Day Three?

On NaNoWriMo day three, I once again failed to write at 5 am. No real surprise there. I did, however, manage to write another 3000+ words today. That brings my total word count to 8,865—almost 20% of the NaNoWriMo target of 50,000 words, and that’s in only 10% of the time.

I’m not bragging—I’m just proud.

As for the actual content, it went alright, if in an unexpected direction. While I was planning on having the protagonist and his father have a heart-to-heart conversation, they had other plans and got into an argument instead.

After that I switched over to the novel’s antagonist for a chapter. That one was a bit finicky and seemed to take longer to write, possibly because there was more world-building involved, and I’m kind of just improvising as I go.

In typical discovery-writer fashion, today I started writing a line of dialogue about a recent war and realised that I didn’t have a name for the neighbouring country. Off to I went, searching for something suitable.

Even when I try planning my book with a massive outline, I still fall into the traps of discovery writing.

The antagonist’s chapter ended up being quite short; a little bit under 2000 words. I like to aim for 3000 words per chapter as a general rule, since that’s about ten pages. But I’m happy for chapters to be shorter, as this is just a first draft. It will give me more room to play around and add scenes later on.

Overall, I’d say it was another solid day.

Wish me luck for tomorrow. I have eight hours of my actual job to do as well, so my choices are write at 5 am for real this time or write when my brain is fried at the end of the day. Not sure which option I hate more.

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