NaNoWriMo Update: Day 10 Recap

Today’s Word Count2,235

Total Word Count: 25,307

Estimated Writing Time: 2 hours

Feeling: Surprisingly normal and calm

Motivation: At the end of Day 9, I posted on social media informing my friends and followers that I would hit the halfway mark today. I knew that by doing this, even if I didn’t feel like writing, my pride would not allow me to stop writing until I hit my goal.

Inspiration: Daniel and I saw Interstellar over the weekend, which makes one painfully aware of her insignificance and mortality, and this poem used in the movie has been driving me ever since.

“Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night” by Dylan Thomas

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Biggest Triumph: Hitting the halfway mark for the NaNoWriMo word count. If I can keep up this pace, I should be able to finish my entire manuscript by December 1st, even though I believe it will be longer than the 50,000 word NaNoWriMo goal.

Biggest Setback: I had a few TV shows that I wanted to watch while writing. They didn’t stop my progress, but they did slow it a bit.

Helpful Insights: I make a point to read and comment on the NaNoWriMo journeys of other writers on WordPress. I think it’s really important to support my fellow writers and create a helpful writing community. Well, let me tell you, our fellow Wrimos need us now more than ever. Today marked a definite shift in the posts about NaNoWriMo. A lot of writers are falling behind in word count and getting discouraged.

If you are one of those people, don’t get down! There is still plenty of time to catch up, and besides, being a writer is about the long game. Writing 50,000 words in a month is difficult work, and if you need to write a slower pace, do it! Just don’t let the pace of NaNoWriMo discourage you from daily writing and living out your dreams. If you are not one of these writers, encourage your fellow writers. We’re all in this together, and we need to act like it!


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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6 comments on “NaNoWriMo Update: Day 10 Recap
  1. Nikki B. says:

    As one of the fellow Wrimos lucky enough to get your comments, I’m excited to see your progress. I’m also happy that I’m not absurdly jealous you’ve hit the halfway mark (I’m around 18,000 myself, which is just shy of the Day 11 minimum total) but instead thrilled for you. It’s all about pushing forward and not quitting and going for it. Sure, we might not finish our novel in 50K, but who cares as long as we’re doing what we set out to do – write a novel.

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    • Exactly! Everyone gets so caught up in NaNoWriMo word counts, and while it is fine to stick to those goals, you can’t let NaNo rule your writing life. Especially not if making a career from writing is your goal. And 18,000 is great! You’re just a few days away from halfway!

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  2. I read your updates happily! You’re ahead of me in word count – and that has actually been helpful. I keep striving to write as much as you, and then am VERY pleased when I make the NaNo word count goal for the day. It’s all about taking that step and NaNo has done a great job at just making me devote time to my writing! Good luck, keep up the good work and I eagerly await your next update! 🙂

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    • Thank you so much, Brittany. I’m glad that you enjoy my updates! I’m even happier to hear that NaNoWriMo is helping you devote yourself further to writing. I’m hoping for good things for all of us to come. Keep pushing through! We’re 1/3 of the way there now!

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  3. jackfrey says:

    Great work pushing through and persevering as you have. Happily, I’m working with a well-tread story idea, so even when the going gets rough for a few hundred or even thousand words or so, I just need to keep working towards the plot milestone I set for myself. Looking forward to following your progress.

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    • Thank you so much for stopping by. Like you, I find that having specific milestones helps me move through the slower parts of my story. I like keeping them a bit flexible, so that I can follow new developments if necessary, but having some kind of a “map” always helps. I’m glad to hear that NaNo is going well for you.

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