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⚔️ Nanowrimo Day 21: All is lost
⚔️ Nanowrimo Day 21: All is lost

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 finishing up battle 2 [33,340–35,000 words]:

  • They confront the antagonist and fail. It's not enough that they lose the battle: make the worst possible thing happen to your protagonist.

  • Crush your protagonist's spirit. Take away any hope they have of ever attaining their external goal. Take everything they've ever loved away from them. Leave them in the fetal position.

  • Then kick them while they're down.

Want a different sort of prompt? Your protagonist either receives or sends a ransom note. 🗒️

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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