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๐Ÿ’€ Nanowrimo Day 23: Dark night of the soul
๐Ÿ’€ Nanowrimo Day 23: Dark night of the soul

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

Updated over a week ago

We're nearly there! There's just one week to go. These are the last 12 500 words you need to win Nanowrimo. Act 3 is the climax or dรฉnouement of your story. Your characters are at rock bottom when Act 3 starts, and you have to put them back together again.

What to write todayโ€‹

Today, you're writing the 'dark night of the soul'. [36,674 โ€“38,341 words]:

  • They realise that the antagonist's true strength has been hidden until now. It must come as a surprise. It's great if you can connect the fact that your protagonist didn't see this coming to their internal goal/conflict or a flawed perspective.

  • The antagonist's victory must be both physical and mental. There must be no hope left as you end this section. Not even a tiny glimmer.

Want a different sort of prompt? One of your characters is forced to swallow their pride and do something they really don't want to do. ๐Ÿฆธ

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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๐Ÿ’› Remember: All NaNoWriMo participants get 20% off a premium subscription throughout October and November. Use the discount code NANOWRIMO2023 to claim it!

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