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NaNo Diaries // The Final Stretch

Hi everyone,

It is the last week of NaNoWriMo! Can you all believe it? Time really flies. I feel like I’ve just started my novel and before I know it, I am already almost at the end of NaNoWriMo?

Overall, I am feeling much more confident about my novel now. I have to admit that last week was tough. Because of a stressful work schedule, I only had time to write a bit each day, and even when I was writing, I wasn’t really in the headspace to write… so it really was a downward spiral in which I didn’t feel inspired to write so I felt like everything I wrote was crap-

ANYWAY I think I complained enough about that now! I was able to get a lot of writing done over the weekend and hit a major plot point which really kicked the story into high gear. Now I am loving my novel again haha. I’ve given my two (AWESOME) secondary characters more screen time and introduced them to my MCs. There were also some pretty cool action scenes that were fun to write and hopefully not terrible! Yes writing is always an emotional rollercoaster.

In case you guys are curious about my progress, here is a graph of my total word counts.

SOOOOO…….. as of November 24, my total word count is 49403! This means I just have less than 600 words to go until I reach my 50K word count goal for NaNoWriMo! (I actually really did try to squeeze out the last 600 words tonight……. but couldn’t, I’ve reached my max mental output today hahaha.)

However, note that my novel is nowhere near being done. My novels in general tend to total around 100K and I’m guesstimating that this one would land around there too, if not a bit longer. So this means that I am about halfway done in terms of the estimated total word count. Plotwise, I am also close to the midpoint- so I am on track so far!

About My NaNo Project, “Fog”

No one knows where the Fog comes from. All they know is that those who enter the Fog never return.

Luna and her twin sister Treya live in a town on the coast of Suni. Luna is the quiet one, while Treya is charismatic, powerful and the pride of the Delphinus Clan. Treya has already decided to be a Sorcerer and join the Queen’s Army, just like their mother and father. But Luna doesn’t know what she wants to be; also, joining the Queen’s Army seems like a lot of work.

On the day of their graduation. Luna rescues a boy from the edge of the Fog. His name is Caio Amadeus Vladimir and he looks nothing like anyone in the country. Caio wants to go into the Fog and map out the lost regions of Suni, and he asks Luna to be his bodyguard. Luna thinks he is delusional.

Until Treya disappears on a misty day. Luna will do anything to bring her back.

My NaNoWriMo Progress: 49403 words / 50000 words

A Snippet from “Fog”

It occurs to Luna that the city of Taisun is big, that it is not possible to comb through every corner of every street unlike her hometown of Ruxia. Taisun is a stranger to her. After a few twists and turns, it is impossible to retrace her steps. In the dark and in the red tint of the blindfold around her eyes, each street is unrecognizable from the ones beside it. It dawns on Luna that she can’t even find her way home even if she wants to.

Panic rises in her chest, but she forces it down. Treya wouldn’t panic. Treya would know exactly what to do. But no matter what Luna says to try to convince herself, the next words sneak up in her mind. She isn’t Treya. They are born different, like robes stitched from two different types of fabric. Treya is the strong, brave one. And Luna lives under Treya’s shadow. She hasn’t figured out who she is yet and what she is good at.

Then there is a sound. It seizes Luna from her thoughts. She stops in her steps and listens for the source of the sound. It is a voice- a human voice. Someone crying for help. Her heart beats quicken. Before she can think twice, she pivots and turns the corner towards the direction of the scream.

How is November going for you? For those doing Nano- are you ready for the final stretch? Are you a master procrastinator or do you pace yourself?

Photo by Ryan Lum on Unsplash; Tirza van Dijk on Unsplash

16 thoughts on “NaNo Diaries // The Final Stretch

  1. Wow!! I’m guessing by the time you read this, you’ll have already hit 50k, so CONGRATULATIONS!! I’m so proud of you! 😄 It’s always SUCH a good feeling to regain confidence in a story after a low deep in the constant emotional rollercoaster, and I’m glad that you haven’t let that stop you 😊 Good luck in getting through the end of the month!!

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    1. Thank you Margaret!!! Yeah it’s great to get back into the writing mood after a lull haha. However I think the key is to keep writing (or take a break, then continue to keep writing) to break out of it. Hope writing is going well for you!! Good luck for the rest of Nano!!

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  2. Congrats on being so close, that’s so exciting! I hit 47k last night, and I am so ready to smash out those last 3k words today so I can slow down a bit and actually take my time with this now.

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  3. Ahh.. it sounds like you are doing amazing!! And you’ve nearly reached 50K which is so amazing!! It is always a great feeling when you start loving your novel again and feel so inspired to write I love those moments!! And I’m so happy it has happened for you.

    I currently at just over 20K on my WIP and my goal was to reach 40K by the end of the year so I hope I can to do it but it will be a push for me. I think if I spend less time reading I will have more time to write but I’m also tempted to try to read 60 books this year so basically I need more time.
    I’ve also recently been struggling with writing as I don’t feel like the plot and characters are good enough but I keep trying to remember this is just my first draft and it isn’t going to be amazing and just me excited by writing as personally I love writing it. It is hard to get over self doubt.

    I love, LOVE, love your snippet!! I’m so intrigued!! And best of luck with the rest of your writing!! ❤

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    1. Hello Sophie!!
      Yes it’s always hard to choose between reading and writing, and I feel it too! I’ve been spending more time writing than reading but my goal is to read more for next year 🙂
      I definitely know the struggle with not feeling confident about the plot or characters. I’ve been there and I’m sure even pro writers feel this way sometimes. You are right that it is your first draft, so you don’t have to get everything perfect. What helps for me is to add notes/comments on my Scrivener (or word doc) with things to come back to later (for example, “research this part more” or “make sure climate is consistent between scenes”), which helps me move on 🙂
      Thank you! Glad that you like the snippet!!

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      1. Yes learning to get that balance can be difficult but it is nice to make time for both!!
        Aw.. that’s makes me feel much better thank you!! 💕 Thank you that’s a really good idea. I will have to try that out!! 😊
        You’re welcome!! 💛

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