NaNoWriMo Update: Day 4 Recap

Day 4 of NaNoWriMo 2014 is in the books! I had a bit of slow start for my evening writing session, and I really didn’t feel like doing any more work. However, I stuck through it and ended up writing one of the most fun and most important scenes of my novel so far! This will definitely be a moment I remember on days when I don’t particularly feel like writing.

Today’s Word Count: 2,902

Total Word Count: 11,827

Estimated Writing Time: 2 hours

Feeling: Ready to take down an evil monarchy!

Motivation: Taking advantage of the fact that two of my favorite TV shows are on hiatus this week, because my word count may suffer next Tuesday when they return.

Inspiration: Finally getting into some high-drama, medium-action sequences.

Biggest Triumph: I finally wrote the flashback sequence for the death of my protagonist’s father, which is one of the most important and widely referenced events throughout my novel. It was definitely sad, but it feels good to have that historical moment down on paper.

Biggest Setback: When I began my evening writing session, I had a bit of trouble getting back into the writing mood. However, I put on some pump-up music (which happened to be surprisingly relevant) to put me in a good mood and get me jazzed to write.

Helpful Insights: If you have ever done improvisation in a drama class or comedy club, you will know the primary rule: “Do not deny anything your partner says.” The same goes for your characters. As I am writing, my protagonist reveals things to me that I didn’t realize until the words were already typed. If this happens to you, don’t deny your characters. Let them tell the story, figure out how to incorporate what they say for now, and then revise it later if necessary. In general, their instincts will probably be superior to yours.

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


Kate M. Colby is an author of science fiction, fantasy, and nonfiction. When she is not writing or working, Kate enjoys playing video games, antiquing, and wine tasting. She lives in the United States with her husband and furry children.

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5 comments on “NaNoWriMo Update: Day 4 Recap
  1. Wow! You are doing great!! I’m right at 7000 and hoping I can get ahead this weekend.

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  2. Keep up the great work! 🙂

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  3. lisenminetti says:

    I really like the format of the NaNo updates – especially the motivation! It’s great to be able to look back and see what motivates you during times you just aren’t motivated at all.

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    • Thank you! I’m hoping these little updates will not only be helpful to others, but also a sort of diary of my writing process that I can analyze later to figure out my key motivators and writing speed. Thanks for stopping by!


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