[YANS] (NaNoWriMo Day 30)

The only thing she knows is true anymore is that the dragon needs to die.

It’s the last day of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), the story is over, and all that’s left is the sum-up!

Daily Wordcount: 426
Total Wordcount: 50,241 (includes Title, Chapter Headers, etc.)

NOTE: This is a MuseFic in which the Writer, the Muse, and her fictives work to create the rough draft of a story (or just worldbuild). There will be spoilers for the story being drafted, which will most likely contain plot holes, retcons, and other inconsistencies.

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At the End of All Things

“This is a horrible mess of a manuscript.” The Muse looked over the piles of notes, actual prose, sketches, and plot bunny nibbled paper with a sigh. “This is going to take a lot of just basic editing to get it to a point we can post on Wattpad.”

“Well yeah.” The Writer rolled her eyes as she sorted through the chaos. “We’ve been running behind the entire month so the whole ‘edit and post as you go’ bit was only going to hold on so long. But we’ve got a nice weekend break coming up, so we can probably edit and post then. Right now we’ve got 3k more words to go. Give or take.”

“There’s at least a thousand words just hiding in the editing fixes,” Jashn said without looking up from his notebook. He’d been going back over his backstory and character arc and was trying to tweak it into something coherent. “If you aren’t sure how to go forward, you may as well do them now.”

And so she did.


“Wow, so yeah, that’s 50,000 words.” The Writer walked back in from the story mists, wiping graphite off her sleeves and story dust off her pants. “Who knew there were that many missing parts?”

“There’s a lot more parts missing still,” Jashn said. “And lot of parts we don’t need.” He eyed the scenes where they all stood around scrying pools getting nothing done.

“NaNo is the easy part, sort of.” The Writer sat back down at the writing desk with a yawn and stretched out the kinks in her back. “It’s a massive brain dump of ideas and story, and in our case meta work about the story– but it’s not meant to produce anything beyond a rough shape.”

“So what, we just come back next month and start all over?” Dragon was not enthralled with the idea.

“Oh hell no,” said the Writer. “This needs to sit for at least a month. Then I’ll come back, reread it, take notes, and we’ll start work from there.”

“Please don’t call it [YANS]: The Second Draft,” the Muse said.

“Nah, it will have a real title… heck if I know what though,” The Writer looked over all of the chaotic output from the NaNo. “Right now the themes are sacrifice, fate, and fire, so something along those lines I suppose. Only without giving away the ending. But that’s something for January… time to wrap this thing up!”

And so they did.


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