We are looking at the ribbon of the finish line for National Novel Writing Month 2020, but we’re still a day away from finishing.

Whether you’ve hit your 50,000 words or not, let’s take a look at where you’re story’s standing.

If you haven’t hit the 50,000 words, don’t worry — we’re covering that one tomorrow.

For today, have a look back on what you thought this story was going to be, and compare it to how it is now.

Did anything happen that shocked you?

Has everything you envisioned happened as you saw it in your mind?

What are you most excited about when it comes to the editing stage?

Don’t lose steam now, whether you’re going to hit those 50,000 words or not.

We are so close to the finish line, so focus back on your story, then get write on in to hammering out that word count.

See you tomorrow!

My Response

Oddly enough, there’s not actually that much that’s changed from what I had planned with this and what the first draft has turned into. I actually still think it’s weird to think about how constructed this book was from the start. If anything, I guess the biggest change would have been how much I enjoyed writing it. It’s not like I thought I wouldn’t, but this has been one of the hardest stories I’ve ever had to write. As I’ve said so many times before, I usually have the idea first, and this time, I really had to force an idea out.

For that being what it is, though, I think it turned out well. There’s some stuff that I left out, some other things I wish I could have included, but that’s what the editing stage is for. God knows I’m not going into that for this book for a while, though. I think Vaeda and his little cast of friends need to go to sleep for a while. But they will definitely be back, I am sure.

Overall, this was a writing experience I will never forget. And, if I do — the whole thing’s on camera! That was certainly the strangest part of all of this. Regardless of who was reading or watching, that camera was always rolling, and I never had any privacy with this book. Whenever I do get around to the editing stages, I can definitely say that spending time alone with this world is what I’m most looking forward to.

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