NaNoWriMo 2021 – Update #1

I’m going to keep these updates short, a lot shorter than a vast majority of my posts here. I’m doing this primarily for the rather obvious reason that I’m already having to write way too many words this month. On the topic of writing many words, the first week of my NaNoWriMo challenge has been a success. I’ve managed to write just north of 1667 words on my new story every single day so far. With the way this story is being constructed, it ended up fitting to roughly one chapter a day. I might move things around within the structure of the story later, and chapter lengths might change, but I quite like the shorter chapters. There’s no need for filler content and I can just write and then move on.

As for how easy or difficult it’s going, it’s not easy. I mentioned on twitter that I’m dealing with some issues. I have a sore jaw/teeth, and after two dentists checked it there was nothing found. That didn’t make the pain go away though, and this paired with my talent for anxiety has made it difficult to focus. Nonetheless, the fact that I still managed to keep up pace has made me quite proud, and I’m ready to go at it for another week. It does mean that I’m posting a lot less than I intended, but since I’m feeling a little bit better already, I’m hoping for two additional posts to this one during this week. I have one written already that just requires some editing and polishing, so that should be doable.

Now, let’s talk a little bit about the story itself. I will definitely go back and add more descriptive language to the earlier chapters, whether I do that during NaNoWriMo or afterwards. I like the flow of the story and I just more or less finished the first story arc. I wanted to start off near the ocean, since the waves have always seemed very tranquil and relaxing to me. Mana’s mood improves throughout the first few chapters as she finds her bearings and even realizes she has some allies in this strange world she was summoned to. They even find their first ally to travel with them in the form of an inventive girl called Cassandra. I took inspiration from a character in the D&D podcast critical role for this character, but only a little bit. She’s a very bubbly and optimistic character, which is nice to contract Mana’s anxious personality and Cobal’s reserved personality, and the character I took inspiration from is so edgy you could cut yourself on it. 

And that’s really it for now. I’m going back to writing after posting this, I still need to start for today. I’ll see you all again next week with a second update, hopefully I’ll still be on schedule by then. If I can make it halfway through the month on pace, that’d already be more than I expected. Those of you who are also doing NaNoWriMo, or at the very least writing something this month, let me know how you’re doing in the comments below!

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