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NaNo Day 13: Be Brave

Current word count: 42,406

Even if you’re not a risk taker in real life, it’s a trait you may want to adopt for your writing life. Writing is where you’re supposed to push the limits, break out of your comfort zone, and be daring. And NaNo is the perfect time to let everything go and just write.

Yesterday a plot point popped into my head that I’d never even considered for my story. I was hesitant to write on, since it took my characters in a completely different direction than I had anticipated. What if it ended up being a dead end? Then I’d have wasted hours writing thousands of words that I’d just end up deleting and risk falling behind on my word count. So why take the risk? I promptly gave myself a good knock upside the head and started writing where the story was urging me to go. 99 times out of 100, your story and your characters know best. If they’re pointing you in a new direction, no matter how unexpected it seems, it’s probably the natural progression of your plot clamoring for your attention.

So this is my challenge for you. We still have more than half of NaNoWriMo left, which leaves you plenty of time to take a step outside your comfort zone.

Take risks. Write bravely. Allow yourself to veer off and explore new ideas. This isn’t to say have your characters start jumping off cliffs just for the sake of risk taking, but let go of whatever’s holding you back and write the most daring story you’ve ever written.

How’s NaNo going for you? Do you think you take risks in your writing, or do you play it safe?



Hello! My name is Katie and I like to write. If I'm not writing, I'm probably reading, running, playing with my dogs, or eating peanut butter ;)

6 thoughts on “NaNo Day 13: Be Brave

    1. I’ve never gone more than a few thousand over 50k, but I’ve also never been this far ahead in NaNo before. Right now I’m planning on writing until the story’s done, which looks like it will turn out somewhere around 80k.


  1. Congratulations on the word count! Taking risks is a fab chance to discover new things! It’s always when I leap before I look that something great happens. (I mean, in books and writing, like, omg when I leap without looking in life I end up with an oven that is literally on fire and where do you put the fire when it’s in an oven? do you keep it there? do you open it? of all the places the oven is a good place to keep a fire but how do you put it out? do you move it towards water? how do you transport the flames? these are all the questions that raced through my mind when that happened to me recently so in conclusion TL;DR be brave in writing but when your oven is on fire also be sensible, also, don’t be a klutz like me).


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