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⬇️ Nanowrimo Day 15: The mid-point
⬇️ Nanowrimo Day 15: The mid-point

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 decision to go after their external goal, to the highest point in the story.

What to write today​

Today, you're writing the mid-point [23,338–25,000 words]. By the end of today, your characters should be feeling like the end is in sight, that things could actually work out for the best. They are optimistic and bright-eyed. They are decking the halls with boughs of holly:

  • Show us a first glimpse that things could work out for the best. This is where you show your reader how high the stakes are. What could winning actually look like? What would it mean for them?

  • Remind us about your protagonist's external goal, and raise the stakes of failure. Success must feel even more important now than it was before.

  • Give your protagonist a medium-sized setback (not minor, but not completely devastating). They still have confidence in their abilities.

  • Have your protagonist recommit to the goal in some way. They are adamant that they will go on, despite the remaining challenges.

  • End this section on a high (it's a false high, of course, but your protagonist doesn't know that yet).

Want a different sort of prompt? Someone forgets their glasses/contacts. 👓

Update your running editorial note

At the end of the day make a note of any off-course deviations, potential inconsistencies, areas to research further, or moments of inspiration to revisit when you edit in December/January.

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