NaNoWriMo 2015 Day 2- Plot Turns

Hey guys! Day 2 of NaNoWriMo is coming to an end. It appears as though most of my writing buddies have gotten their words in for the day. Awesome sauce! I know that everyone who is currently participating in NaNoWriMo is still in the honeymoon phase of the story writing process. We love everything about our characters and plot. And there’s nothing anyone can say or do to convince us otherwise. To illustrate my point more effectively, I will use Star Wars: The Force Awakens gifs.

NaNoWriMo participants currently feel like this:

Rey Gif 2

Rey Gif

We are proud parents, watching our wonderful little ideas soar to the sky.

In about a week, we will feel like this:

Kylo Ren

Poe

Mind-controlled and tortured by our own creation.

But until then, let’s enjoy this wonderful feeling of elation.

Here are my stats  for the day:

Word Count Goal: 3,334

Total Words Written: 4,606

So I am 1,272 words ahead of where I need to be today, which is fantastic. I am trying to create a bit of a cushion for myself since I am going to be working a lot next week. I won’t get that many chances to write earlier in the week, so I want to rack up the words now so I have some leeway.

For today’s post, I want to talk about plot turns. These are different from plot twists. The latter are carefully planned and executed narrative decisions made by the author. Plot turns are character-based story deviations that can either be a welcome surprise or a horrible headache for a writer. While writing today, I found myself having to reshuffle scenes. This led to a hole in my plot. Before I could whip up a plot point however, my characters took the lead, guiding my pen across the page with feverish intensity. Next thing I knew, I had a fun and interesting scene that helped moved the plot forward and strengthen character development.

Plot turns don’t always have a happy ending. Sometimes, they can derail your story. In that case, the author needs to reign the characters in through editing. Because I have been working on this story for almost two years, I know my characters very well and can understand how they would think and interact in certain situations. The plot turned that happened today was wonderful and added richness to my story. It’s great to have your story outlined, but sometimes, you just have to let it breath and allow the characters to do their own thing. You may be pleasantly surprised.

Tomorrow’s word count goal for NaNoWriMo is 5,001 words. I am hoping to write two chapters tomorrow, doubling my word count. We shall see. Until next time, kill your darlings, slay your dragons and keep writing!

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