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?
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