NaNoWriMo Update: Day 3 Recap

Well, I am wrapping up writing Day 3, and I’m feeling great! Today was the first day of NaNoWriMo 2014 in which I had work. Luckily, I was able to hit about 700 words on my lunch break, and I completed the rest of my 1,667 (and then some) in the evening. While I don’t think I could, or would want to, sustain this pace every single day with my day job, it has shown me two things. A) I will be fine for the month of November and B) I could easily write 500-1,000 words a day on work days and still maintain a respectable social life.

Today’s Word Count2,458

Total Word Count: 8,925

Estimated Writing Time: 2 hours

Feeling: Absolutely pumped!

Motivation: Proving to myself that I can be superwoman (ie: keep up my writing while working a full time job and being married)

Inspiration: Joanna Penn’s book Business for Authors: How to be an Author Entrepreneur, which is rapidly convincing me that I can make being an author entrepreneur my full-time career in a few short years. Daniel and I are nearing the end of it, and I will post a detailed review when we finish.

Biggest Triumph: We (I suppose by “we” I mean myself and my protagonist?) got to meet the (unbeknownst to her) villain today. I adore him. He’s so deliciously wicked.

Biggest Setback: I hope this will not be my constant excuse, but it may be: work. While I did have time to write exactly the scenes I wanted to today, I could have gotten so much farther without my day job taking 10 hours of my day. And yes, that counts commuting time.

Helpful Insights: Don’t worry about other authors’ word counts. I’ve seen some people on social media worrying that they are “falling behind,” even though they are still on par with the recommended word count. Writers, chill out. Novel writing is not a multi-runner sprint. It is a single-runner marathon. There are a million outside circumstances that influence the amount of time, the speed, and the ability each one of us can devote to writing. It doesn’t matter if you’re keeping up with the Joneses, so long as you are keeping pace with your personal goals.


Join me on my NaNoWriMo journey on my NaNoWriMo page or follow me on Twitter @KateMColby for more frequent updates!

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4 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Update: Day 3 Recap

  1. Brittany Boyce says:

    Congrats! I worry about work interfering with having time to write…and still have some sort of time with my husband and friends. I’m at just under 5,000 words and a little “behind” on the count based on the 1667 average to finish by the end of the month. But seeing how much I can write on work days makes me excited for the weekends when I’ll have more time to bang out those words! 🙂 Good luck this month!

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  2. NotShyToTri says:

    I am behind so far with under 3000 words, but I am a stubborn, and a fighter, and I will get back up to speed! Have a plan to write on my lunch break and then a long session at home tonight. I like that you say not to worry about what other authors have so far… I was actually poking around on the Nano site to see if there was an overall average word count. Maybe that’s not why they don’t have that feature – this is something I’m doing for myself, after all, not to compare with anyone else.

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    • Kate M. Colby says:

      Exactly! Besides, Day 3 and 4 is not the time to worry about being behind. There’s still plenty of time to catch up. Even so, I heard a podcast with someone who did all 50k in one day, so while it’s unrealistic and insanely difficult, it can be done!

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