NaNoWriMo 2020 Update

Hi everyone. It’s the midpoint of NaNoWriMo and I’m here to share an update of where I’m at with my urban fantasy. This year, I’m spreading NaNoWriMo until December 31st with a word count goal of 30,000 words. So I gave myself a daily word count goal of 500 words a day.

Before NaNoWriMo began I had a counter counting down the time to November 1st. And the less hours I had until the momentous event the more I started to freak out a bit.

By seven hours I’d realized something. I’d completely forgot to give my group of procurers/rebels/thieves a name. Robin Hood had his Merry Men. Nate Ford had his Leverage Consulting. Harry Potter had Dumbledore’s Army. If you have any suggestions, please throw some my way, because I can’t think of any.

On another note, I came up with some new possible titles for a possible trilogy. Thinking of renaming Hellsgate “The Otherside of Paradise.” The following books would be “The Otherside of Safe Haven” and “The Otherside of Home.”

Anyways, by two hours til NaNo I wasn’t feeling ready. With two minutes to go I wanted to turn back time but alas time turners aren’t real.

Despite my growing freakout once midnight hit I was typing away. Wrote 249 words then stopped there. Afterwards I went off to bed, letting the story marinate overnight. 

After work I wrote an additional 798 words. Bringing my word count at the end of day one to a total of 1,047 words. My daily word count fell below goal twice during the first week. But I made up for it in the last two days. So by the end of the first week I wrote 4,057. Which was 557 words more than my end of the week goal of  3,500 words.

The second week started off weak. Even though I quasi-outlined my story, my heroine started the story on a different route. And that’s okay because that’s what I want her to do. I’m a plantser not a plotter after all.

Anyways, my heroine changed the original route of the beginning of the story. Veering far off the path really. So I got stuck in what should happen next in the middle of chapter two. Which means by the time I reach the middle, I’ll have to go through it with two fine toothed combs and write notes. Because I see nothing but extensive cuts and revisions and rewriting for the middle. 

The next day I was stuck as well but managed to push through to make and write a little above my daily word count. Throughout the second week of NaNoWriMo I kept getting stuck. So I’ve been calling it Getting Stuck Week. Even so, I still managed a word count of 3,614 words!

Now I’m starting the third week of NaNoWriMo with 21,983 words to go and nearing the middle. Thanksgiving is next week and I’m hosting again. So to be on the safe side, I plan to write up to an extra 100 words to my daily word count goal until November 26th. 

If things keep going as they’ve been by the end of November I’ll be typing ‘the end’ to my NaNo novel. Then as I continue NaNoWriMo into December I will focus on tackling the middle.

There’s one month left in 2020 and it’s astonishing how the story is coming along. Is it because it wasn’t ready then when I had my block? Is there ever a right time for a story to be told? 

Pondering these questions is like asking about the meaning of life. Too heavy and thus too distracting. I have a story to finish. And unlike previous years, 2020 might be the year it gets completed.

How is your writing going? Are you doing NaNoWriMo? Are you making writing plans for 2021 yet? Plan to participate in #PitMad on December 3rd or #IWSGPit on January 20, 2021? Or any other upcoming Twitter pitch events?


    • Thanks Alex. As I’m reading this I realized I’d forgotten to include how Xavier had his X-men. Then I thought what about Faemen or F-men…Yeah, I should brainstorm some more.


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