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⏳ Nanowrimo Day 17: Bad-guys close in
⏳ Nanowrimo Day 17: Bad-guys close in

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 that high point, all the way into the depths of their misery. The tree is on fire. The turkey is on fire. Everything is on fire.

What to write today​

Today, you're knocking your protagonist down a few more pegs [26,672–28,339 words]:

  • Doubt is creeping in. Show us how this affects your protagonist and their relationships.

  • Your protagonist may need an intervention or moment of realisation to restore their confidence and conviction. You could do this by giving them a small win, or by having an ally hold them accountable/give them a pep talk.

  • Let them consider how to move forward. They should feel like they need to formulate a new plan/approach. It's not business as usual.

  • Spend some time showing where your protagonist is in their overall character arc. How close are they to their internal goal?

Want a different sort of prompt? Two of your characters have a blowout argument. 👯

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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