NaNoWriMo Update: Day 8 Recap

Today’s Word Count2,316

Total Word Count: 20,445

Estimated Writing Time: 1.75 hours

Feeling: I felt fine about my novel, but I was really jonesing to get out of the house today. Felt a bit cooped up.

Motivation: Reading the book Career Change by Joanna Penn. I’m really excited to learn about her journey from desk job to full-time writer.

Inspiration: Thinking about how quickly word counts add up. See the insights below.

Biggest Triumph: Hitting the 20,000 word mark. This means I’m over 1/3 done with the NaNoWriMo word count. It really shows how quickly words can add up when you write consistently!

Biggest Setback: I wasn’t really in “the mood” to write today. I put in my word count, but my lack of enthusiasm made writing feel like more of a chore. I know that if I hadn’t been doing NaNoWriMo, I probably would have only written about 1,000 words or so.

Helpful Insights: I really thought a lot about my progress today. In eight days, I’ve written over 20,000 words! It’s crazy to think about! However, the more I do consider it, the more I think about life after NaNoWriMo. I realized: if I only write 1,000 words every day, by the end of one year, I will have written 365,000 words. That’s roughly 3 really long novels or 7 NaNo length novels! And it would only take between 30 and 60 minutes a day. Why have I not been doing this all these years?!

In short: think about your long game. Writing a novel seems like a gargantuan task, but when you consider that a mere 1,000 words a day could produce 3 to 7 novels in one year, it suddenly becomes SO MUCH more manageable and less intimidating.


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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3 comments on “NaNoWriMo Update: Day 8 Recap
  1. Nikki B. says:

    Congrats on hitting 20k and for keeping going. That’s almost the most important thing about this whole process, not giving up. It’ll be interesting to see how we proceed on 12/1. 🙂

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