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πŸ›Έ Nanowrimo Day 2: The set-up continued
πŸ›Έ Nanowrimo Day 2: The set-up continued

What to write for NaNoWriMo today, based on the classic 3-act story structure.

Updated over a week ago

This week, you're taking your characters from their current day-to-day life to their decision to go after their external goal.

What to write today​

Today, you're still writing the set-up [1667-3334 words]. Make sure you:

  • Expand on your protagonist's external goal – show us why this is important to them, and make us care about them getting it

  • Introduce your protagonist's internal goal or establish a flaw in the way they see the world (a thing that will need to shift throughout the story)

  • Further establish your protagonist as three-dimensional (they must have flaws, desires, problems, and a unique personality)

Want a different sort of prompt? In today's scene have one character make another character really irate. Maybe they have an annoying habit that rubs them the wrong way. Does anyone else notice it? 😳

Update your running editorial note

If you haven't had a chance yet, we really recommend creating a running editorial note for your future self. These daily notes will be invaluable during the editing process, helping you to remember insights that are no longer fresh when you come back to the manuscript later.

Create a new note, and jot down any off-course deviations, potential inconsistencies, areas to research further, or moments of inspiration to revisit when you start editing.

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