NaNoWriMo Mid-Month Update!

Hey everyone!

NaNoWriMo is a little more than halfway over and I wanted to share a quick update with how it’s going 🙂

What’s Been Happening:

NaNoWriMo has definitely allowed to write way more frequently than I ever have before. I know a big part of it is also the fact that I’m not in school and dealing with essays on top of the challenge – seriously if you’re partaking in it and in school, my hats off to you!! :p

I went to an editing workshop (which I’ll talk more about in my end-of-month wrap up) but it actually taught me a lot about self-editing, gave me an idea about whether hiring an editor is worth the money and even helped me brainstorm a different opening line to my book.

Difficulties:

It’s been hard to keep up with the 1,000 words a day since I’ve been working way more than I anticipated (not exactly a bad thing considering Christmas is coming up
but definitely makes planning a writing day difficult.

This one chapter has me struggling so hard! It’s kinda been plaguing me since the start of November and despite being able to work on different chapters, I’m dying to get this onee stubborn one done!

As far as titles go, I’ve been keeping it in the back of my mind. Since the story is in the wilderness, I’m considering something like ‘A Walk In The Wilds’ …except my story isnt exactly a walk. It’s more like a barrel, crash and stumble through the woods – that doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue much does it? xD Obviously – it’s in the super early stages hehe.

One of my Favorite Scenes So Far:

Chapter 17. Leave No Trace

He cracked a branch he’d been toying with and threw it into the fire, watching it crackle and pop in the flames. The guilt, which I’d seen only once before, was written plainly on his face.

“It was you,” I said.

“You told them to take care of me. To make me an example,” I was shaking, my body running cold. This soldier wasn’t a man or a puppet. He was a monster. His jaw worked but he said nothing for several moments, just staring at the fire. Slowly, his eyes lifted to mine.

“Get some sleep,” he said finally. “We have a long journey ahead of us tomorrow.”

Without another word, he turned his back to me.

“How did it become so easy for you to take lives like it’s nothing?” I shouted. Whether it was with more fear or anger I wasn’t sure. But suddenly I had to know. How could he just end someone like that? The soldier froze and then turned his head slowly back at me.

“Don’t ask about things that you don’t fully understand,” he answered. Before I could say anything more, he turned and walked to his bed roll, cutting the conversation short. 

. . .

That’s my little update!

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? What are you up to / struggling with? Got any tips for me? Let’s chat in the comments down below! 🙂

Goodnight all,

-Mel xx

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