NaNoWriMo 2020 Update #3

Hey guys! I’m here with another NaNoWriMo update! This is the third update with only one more for 2020 – that’s so crazy! If you missed my first two updates, you can check out update #1 and update #2 here!


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Since last week, I’ve added 11,995 words to my draft, taking me from 34,005 words to 46,000! I have faltered on my goal of 2,000 words a day a little bit. I should be at 48,000 words, but I had a few days where I couldn’t get to 2,000 – so I’m a little behind.

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I can’t believe there are only 5 more days this month! I should have my book finished by tomorrow, if I don’t end up finishing tonight, which is so crazy to me! I’m nowhere near the end of the story, but it’s so crazy to think I’ve put down almost 50,000 words for this draft.

As you can see, my word count dropped a little bit and my expected end date moved from the 25th to the 26th because I fell a little bit behind. I’m still happy with where I’m expected to end, but I do wish I was able to keep up with my 2,000 a day minimum.

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As for my story, I started getting it back on track, but there’s so much editing that needs to go into this story. While it’s great to get a bunch of words down, it feels silly to write so much for a book that is getting an entire makeover. Hopefully most of it is salvageable and I don’t have to toss it!

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The past few days I was able to hit 2,000 words, but for almost a week before then, I was hanging around 1,500 words a day. It put me behind a bit, but thankfully not too much.

As you can see, I’m currently crushing NaNo and hope to hit my goal of 60,000 words by November 30th. I’m going to take a break after finishing, then I’m jumping into another project (a finished draft) to start editing. It’s going to be nice to take a break from this draft and let my creative juices reset.

Here’s an excerpt from my most recent writing session. Please remember that this is a first draft with little to no editing, so be kind! This may or may not stay in the final draft, but we’ll see.

Her eyes roamed around his yard then stopped. “Chase, get behind me.” Her voice was so quiet with her lips barely moving as she spoke.

“What?” he hissed. “What do you see?”

“Chase,” Maia snapped, standing up to block him. “Stay behind me and whatever you do, don’t scream.” Then she flung out a keychain, which opened up to a scythe before his eyes, and got into a fighting stance.

A creature, tall and bony, like the one he had seen before, sauntered out from the forest. The thing had open eye sockets with dead, unseeing eyes, some patchy hair, and loose fitting clothes. It was almost eight feet tall and looked like a skeleton, just bones with grey, thin skin over it. A Scythe.

“Maia, don’t move. I’m gonna open the door and we’re going to run inside.”

“Don’t waste your time,” Maia said. “They don’t have to show themselves to cause harm, and if you’re their target, there’s no escape from their mission. Stay behind me and let me take care of them.”

Chase eased up from the swing, sliding over to the back door. The creature followed Chase’s movement and Maia stuck her arm out to stop him. “Chase, do what I say. Stop moving.”

Maia stepped forward, standing at full height, with the scythe in her hands. She stood confidently and surely. “Maxim,” She called out. “You don’t have to do this. Let’s go home.”

Chase couldn’t hide his shock. His mouth fell open at her words. She knows this thing? How?

“I can take care of this. Tell Father you succeeded. Let me handle it.” The creature didn’t speak, only cocked his head at Maia and grinned.


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