NaNoWriMo Update: Day 5 Recap

Of course, the day of my spirit number, five, has been the most difficult day of NaNoWriMo so far. I am still extremely enthusiastic about my novel, and I know where I need to take my characters. However, I was very low on energy today, a product of too little sleep and too much day job, and that resulted in my lowest word count so far. But all is not lost! I still met my goal, and that is worth celebrating!

Today’s Word Count1,984

Total Word Count: 13,811

Estimated Writing Time: 1.75 hours

Feeling: Exhausted, but proud of myself.

Motivation: Finding motivation was really tough today. However, I kept thinking about the last four days and how I have exceeded the suggested 1,667 words every day, and I knew I had to keep myself accountable to that. Plus, Daniel offered to give me a massage after I hit my word count. And I couldn’t pass that up!

Inspiration: Cuddling up in the laundry room with my cat to write.

Biggest Triumph: Simply exceeding the NaNoWriMo word count goal was a triumph in itself today.

Biggest Setback: Work mentally exhausted me today. My lunch writing session was quick and prolific, but I was not at all in the mood to write after I came home, and especially after I worked on my second job for a little bit. However, I gave myself a couple of hours to rest and was then able to write long enough to hit the 1,667. While this is my smallest word count so far, I am reminding myself that even hitting 1,000 words a day is a huge deal for someone who works as much as I do.

Helpful Insights: Be kind to yourself. Remember that there will be good days and bad days, high energy days and low energy days. However, also remember your goals and hold yourself accountable to them. Force yourself to sit down and reach your goal, and then allow yourself to stop working immediately after (unless, of course, writing has improved your mood and restored your energy, which is does for me most days). You don’t have to be super(wo)man every day. Some days, it’s okay to be average.

I would also add that, on some days, it’s okay to be below average and entirely take a break from writing. However, I would preface that with two cautions. First, if you do not write anything, you will lose serious momentum and writing may be even more difficult the next day. Second, if you want to stay on track with your word count goals for the week or month, you will have to have a day of double productivity later, and that is always a gamble. You know yourself and your life better than anyone, so only you can decide when you can and cannot take breaks. Be honest with yourself and do what’s best for your health and happiness.


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

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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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