December is Coming for You! NaNoWriMo Week 4

It’s November 25th, the last week of National Novel Writing Month. Are you panicking, yet? Actually, I think the last week of NaNoWriMo is one of the easiest. A lot of people are winning, which pushes you to finish, and if you have stuck with it this long, then you are probably going to make it. As for my rebellious NaNovella, it is about where it should be. I’m only 4,500 words away from my planned 25,000.

I’ve always been pretty good at the pacing aspect of writing. I generally have a set word count for stories, and I rarely miss it by more than a few words either way. All of the pieces have fallen into place, and we have come to the climax of my story. All the right people are dead, all the pieces, save the final one has fallen, and my protagonist has just settled down into a groove. He has made a grasp for that has handhold over the abyss his life has become, and he thinks he might be able to hold on. Now, I get to take his handhold and beat him over the head with it.

I’m still very busy. I have a lot of projects coming due at once, but it looks like I am going to make my 25,000 words. More importantly, I think I will have something good to work with during the rewrites. I also have a little bit of pent up jealousy against the people who are doing 50,000 this year, and a bit of disappointment that I won’t “officially” win NaNoWriMo and get my winner’s badge. That being said, this was a good project, and a good learning experience for me as writer.

But next year, I’m coming after that winner’s badge.

NaNoWriMo Word Count: 20,500

Jack Campbell, Jr. is a dark fiction writer in Lawrence, KS. His writing has appeared in various venues including Twenty 3 Magazine, Danse Macabre, and Insomnia Press. He writes about reading, writing, and life on his blog at

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