NaNoWriMo 2021: Week Four Update

Hello Writer Bees!

Hope you all are staying creative and staying safe during National Novel Writing Month.

Sorry for the late post. Between Thanksgiving and holiday shopping and family and friends, it’s been a bit hectic. Could they have planned National Novel Writing Month in any other month? Preferably one with less holidays. Still, us writers rise to the challenge. Hats off to all the fantastic writers out there putting their hearts into their creative endeavors, even in this holiday madness.

So, here’s an interesting thing I discovered while editing this week. This week, I focused on the clues of my murder mystery WIP. Frankly, I worried about being too obvious in the evidence. I want to leave breadcrumbs for readers (and detectives) to find, not loaves of bread. I want the grand finale to be grand and unexpected. Can’t be too easy or too hard to solve this mystery. During this editing process, I’m being mindful of when and how evidence is revealed in the story. I’ve been trimming away the more obvious hints from suspect interviews. That’s been my main focus in this final week of NaNoWriMo.

Maybe, over the weekend, I’ll doing some writing sprints. Maybe some editing sprints too, if that’s a thing. I’m looking forward to working on this story well into December. This experience got me motivated to write and to edit. I really do feel like I’ve made progress on my WIP. Guess that’s the point of NaNoWriMo.

Hope everyone had a happy holiday and a happy National Novel Writing Month. And remember, no matter how many words you wrote this month, no matter what you worked on, celebrate yourself. No matter what, any amount of progress is a success in my book.

How’s your NaNoWriMo journey? Did you complete your goals? Talk to me in the comments.

Stay safe and stay creative.

—Lady Jabberwocky

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4 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo 2021: Week Four Update

  1. John and I reached the 50,000-word mark in NaNo today. (WooHoo!) I wish you all the best for your continued WIP. I must confess that mystery writers always amaze me. You have to tell two stories — the underlying story of what really happened and then the story of how the detectives (and readers) gradually learn the truth. You are required to build a narrative that sets up enough clues to engage a reader without giving things away too soon. My hubby and I may write fantasy novels with magic in them, but all you mystery writers do the real magic! -Susan

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  2. I tell you, I have been in and out of my works in progress. I am continuing to write even if it’s a new story idea. I haven’t dedicated myself to a goal during NaNoWriMo yet. Like you said, any progress is progress. Also, my current book has given me many moments of cringe, but I just keep writing through! Blogging is new to me and I find myself checking your posts for encouragement. As someone who enjoys reading/watching mysteries, I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to write one! My current writing status is: I’m working on it. 🙂

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  3. Editing sprints definitely have to be a thing. XD

    I’m ahead of schedule at the moment for NaNoWriMo but not by much. I tried writing out of order for the first time, and it hasn’t gone too bad. I can tell where I have to go back and work on some inconsistencies later though. Overall, I think I’ve made some good progress this NaNoWriMo.

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  4. I’m so happy that you are reaching the end of NaNoWriMo that motivated! Good luck with your edits during the next month as well! 😀
    I managed to reach 50k yesterday, and I’m so happy about it! This was my third year participating, and the first time I actually reached this goal 🙂 I’m very much in love with my WIP, and I’m certainly going to power through December and try to finish this first draft!

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