Dateline 11-27-2017

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Welcome to day number twenty-seven of this year's NaNoWriMo challenge where I can't believe that, counting today, there are only four days left until I complete my novel. Though I feel completely confident that I will definitely hit the 50,000 word-count goal of the challenge, I'm not fully sure if the actual story will be complete as once again I went a little overboard in what I am trying to achieve.

I'd go into more details about how this ended up happening but I don't really want to spoil the story structure that I'm experimenting with until the story is ready to share. My secrecy doesn't stem from paranoia in that I'm worried that someone will steal my idea. No, I'm being quiet at this point because this idea I have in mind is still a work in progress itself and I won't be able to fully work it out until all my words are on the page and I'm writing a second draft. 

I think this ended up happening because, as usual, when I started this story the plan was to keep it nice and traditional in structure only to end up getting bored with the pace so I decided to mix things up, leaving me with a bit of a puzzle to work through for the next draft in order to get everything to fit.

The cool thing about this puzzle structure is that it allows me to jump around and work on whatever chapter I want instead of having to follow a linear timeline. This worked out great as far as the challenge goes because if I was ever stricken with writer's block, I'd simply move on to another stage of the story.

With that said, this ability to jump around has led to a lot of overwriting to give me more options for later drafts. It's this overwriting that leaves me worried that I may end this challenge with a word-count success only to have another week or two's worth of work to complete the actual story. 

Now, in order to finish this beast on time, I will either have to double down on my efforts to overwrite the rest of the predesignated chapters or start to underwrite what's left to then have to fill in the gaps in draft two. That, or I could just keep going at the pace that I'm going and just finish when I'm done while taking the NaNoWriMo word-count success with pride.

Oh well, we'll see what ends up happening but no matter what does, as always, I'll check back in tomorrow with another update on my progress. Until then, good day and good luck to you and all of your projects.

Talk to you soon.


The Wicker Breaker

P.S. If you are reading this and playing along with this year's NaNoWriMo feel free to add fubunker as your writing buddy and I will buddy you back. 

Matt Bunker

I started out with a goal of becoming a paid screenwriter. I had no interest in any other aspect of filmmaking. I received and scholarship to The Vancouver Film School's Writing for Film and Television program where I graduated in 2005. I fell in love with being on set during my first non-school produced short, . I loved being around all the creative people, seeing people having fun while working. The whole liking your job was a new world to me, so I decided to give it a shot. I volunteered for any project I could, doing what ever was needed. The set was my Film School this time. While working as a PA on a feature I was informed that the DP wanted the three tallest PAs to help out in the grip and electric department. That is when I found the department that felt like the best fit for me while I continued to write.