NaNoWriMo Week 4: Rivalries, Pears, and That Random Dude Who Just Appeared…

Good morning, Cyberspace! It is Tuesday once again, so let us pause for a moment in our busy schedules and just take a relaxing breath of fresh air…

Ah. Do you smell that?

That’s the wonderfully fragrant scent of death, destruction, and rotting corpses Week 4 of NaNoWriMo.

I’m not even going to try to begin explaining how difficult it was for me to pick the title for this Smudge. Know why? Because Week 4 of NaNoWriMo is the time of the month when everything I’ve ever written over the course of the past 22 days begins to blur together into a giant muddled goo within my huge averagely proportioned head.

So what did I write this week? Pffft. I haven’t a clue. You probably know more about it than I do. That rotting pear in the garbage can probably knows more than I do. (Someone should really take that garbage out, by the way.)

Suffice to say, I struggled for about three minutes trying to remember what it was that I wrote this week. Now, the first two are pretty self-explanatory. Two of my main characters are annoying each other, and of course, I threw a pear in there. (Because how could I not after all my talking of pears in garbage cans, am I right?)

But the third one? Yeah. That one threw me for a loop.

There I were…writing, when all of a sudden I hear the wail of sirens, a few screams of terror, and the unmistakable rustle of tall grass, and then–



It was quite sudden. I mean, I knew that I would probably have to introduce a new character at some point, but my naive little brain had me convinced that it would just be a secondary character. Nothing major. An expendable source of information.

And by expendable, I mean he was going to die.


I did not expect to fall completely in love with his personality and to treat him like one of my darling main characters.

Because he’s not a main character; he’s a secondary.

And he’s going to die.

Well, unless I can find a way for him to cheat death, which is highly unlikely. He’s practically already dead.

I’m such an optimist.

Anyway, with that wonderfully morbid piece of news, let’s launch right into our weekly

WORD UP! (week 3)

Official Goal: 36,667 words

Official Words Written: 42,162 words

So as you can see, I’m pretty confident that I will hit the 50k mark by November 30th.

What I’m not confident about?

Actually finishing the story.

Yeah. When I started out on November 1st, I had the wonderful idea that I was actually going to finish this book in a month. Now I’m hoping to just hit chapter twenty.


But anyway, enough about me. Let’s talk about you for a second. And yes, I mean you.

You probably started this month, like me, with hopes, dreams, and impossibly unrealistic goals. You were going to write a masterpiece in 30 days, possibly polish it up a bit in January, and BOOM! Get it published the next day.

Now, as you gaze upon the trainwreck that your own hands have created, you begin to wonder how you even made it this far. What made you think you could write a novel in 30 days? Why are all of your characters dying? Where in the world did that gaping plot hole come from???

These doubtful questions are things every single writer thinks about, especially now, when we are sort of nearing the end of NaNoWriMo, because it is about this time that we begin to realize, “Oh wow. I’m not going to finish this book in 30 days. How shocking.”

And that, my friends, is okay. You started this crazy journey for a reason: you want to write a book. You want to put your story to the page. You want to engrave a history in the black swirls of ink, and you want to touch somebody’s heart.

So what if you don’t finish this journey in 30 days? So what if it takes you 60? Or 600? So what if you don’t hit the 50k mark? You have done what millions of people have not.

You started. And that, my wonderful bean, is the hardest part.

So even though November is drawing very near to the end, don’t think the same for your book. This is your story. Your journey. And maybe you won’t have a finished draft on the 30th, but you will be closer to one than you ever could have been on the 1st.

Writing is hard. Extremely so. But I beg you not to give up.

Because right now, on the 22nd day of NaNoWriMo, Week 4 has only just begun…

Well, that’s it for this Smudge! How is everyone’s word counts? Are you ahead? Behind? Right on track? Are you going to be able to finish your book by the 30th, or are you going to have to keep pushing through to the New Year? Tell me all the NaNo things (or writerly things) in the comments below!


11 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Week 4: Rivalries, Pears, and That Random Dude Who Just Appeared…

  1. Hilarious as always, Kenzie! Also I love that you call your posts a “smudge” – so cute! :)

    Ohmygoodness, I just love that a random character popped out of nowhere! Way to go, there!

    Gah! Everyone is like “my ginormous book is not even done and I’ve written 90k already!” HOOOWWWWWW???? My smol baby was finished at 30k! Then I just started killing things to get to 50!!! Whhhhyyyy meeeee????


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    • Aw! Why, thank you! *tips top hat formally* I really appreciate that!! And oh my goodness, I’m glad you think it’s cute, because I was seriously worried people would find it annoying! That is a huge relief off my shoulders!!!

      Oh my word, I know, right? He’s awesome… I’m honestly debating whether or not I should go through with disposing of him… I feel as if he should earn his spot in the story, seeing as though he very forcefully took over an entire scene. My characters are quite rude like that.

      Oh my word, that is NOT a failure!!! You are so lucky! I always wanted to write something smaller than 1,000,000,000 words, but for the life of me, I can’t. And then I get bored and move on. It’s like I’m allergic to endings or something. Seriously, I get all stuffed up and can’t breathe, and–oh wait. That’s just me. Crying. Because my story is over…


      (P.S. I have never seen Titanic…)


      • Don’t worry, I’ve never seen it either. It’s on a long list of Movies That Everyone In The World (Except Me) Have Watched So Clearly I Should Get Aboard The Bandwagon But Never Seem To Actually Do It. That list. I’m sure everyone has one?

        Honestly, my first thought was Pirates reference??? But then I got it. Even though I’ve never seen it, there ARE certain things you can’t really help but pick up.

        Noooo! I love The Smudge!!! So original! I wish I had something unique like that!

        Again, I love that he just showed up and took over! Go, him!

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      • Haha! I totally have one of those lists! I do think that everyone has one… If they don’t then they are officially the ‘everybody’ everybody talks about.


        Haha! It does sound like a Pirates reference! Lol, that actually makes it so much better!

        Aww! Thank you! That seriously makes me so happy! And your blog is so unique already though!!!!!! I LOVE it!

        Same! My characters have a way of doing that, actually. They’re rather crazy…


        • Oh, yes! Everyone ought to have one…

          Awww! I’m glad you think so! I don’t really have any trademarks??? Except calling people “mon” and everyone probably assumes that I just don’t know how to spell “man”… Dark chocolate is in my title and I don’t even work it into most posts… Oops. All that to say: I think it’s so cute that you work your title into each post!

          Agh! Wish I could say the same of mine…

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      • Haha!! I love it when you call people Mon! It makes me laugh, haha! And ooh! Dark chocolate is one of my faves!!!! It’s so yummy and delicious! (And now I am hungry…)

        Oh my word, thank you so much!!! :D


  2. Congrats on how your NaNo is going so far!

    Oh, I’m totally with you on the character death thing. I just planned for three (3) of my protagonists to die.

    I’m not doing NaNo this month due to school, but I am making steady progress on a steampunk vs. fairyland novella and (recently) my high fantasy quartet.

    Best of luck with the remainder of NaNo!

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

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    • Aw, thank you! And oh my word, I know, right??? ALL THE CHARACTERS MUST DIE!

      But oh no!! Not the precious protagonists!!! NOOOOO!!!!!

      Ooh! Steampunk vs. Fairyland sounds like something I would totally devour!! Fantasy is definitely one of my favorite genres!!! Your stories sound so epic!!!!! Oh my word!!!

      Thank you so much!! And good luck with your projects, as well!!!


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