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HELP!!! NaNo crisis!!!

Oh dear.

17 000 words into my NaNo novel and I've realised I'm writing from the wrong POV. Bugger.

On the other hand, at least I now know what the story is about, what is happening thematically and who my main character really is.

So, the question is. Do I start again from 0? Do I write another 33 000 words in the wrong POV just to stick to the letter of the NaNo rules? Or do I call those 17 000 words legitimate and begin again, so that my second version is only 33 000 words long?



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Nov. 11th, 2007 04:37 am (UTC)
I think you keep going regardless. You might think you're writing in the wrong POV, but you could be wrong again. Treat it as a challenge, the point of nano is the finish, not getting it right. So write it to the very bitter end, and once you're done, look back and see if you were wrong, and why. :D
Nov. 11th, 2007 05:29 am (UTC)
Keep going. Just switch the POV - it's no huge issue. If it's something you decide to keep after NaNo, then you can go back and re-write the first 17,000 words from the correct POV. As the good flippyfrog says, it may turn out that you did choose the right POV initially. It may also be that it's only the section you're on now that requires a different perspective.

First drafts are meant to be rough - don't worry about making it pretty (or even consistent) yet.
Nov. 11th, 2007 10:25 am (UTC)
Just add in a ittle segue and then change POV if you really want to. Or you could write from the alternate perspective, and make it like the other part was just showing evetns from another view.
Both of my suggestions allow you to keep the words already written as part of your ongoing word count.
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