NaNoWriMo Update: Day 12 Recap

Today, I hit 30,000 words. One part of me is terribly excited — I’m 60% done with the NaNoWriMo word count requirement and probably about halfway through my manuscript. If you had asked me how far I would be on Day 12 in October, I probably would have twisted my toe in the dirt and muttered “12,000.”

Another part of me is getting nervous — I’m about halfway to completing one of my biggest lifelong dreams AND inching ever closer to the “what comes next.” I know what comes next, and I’ll tell you after NaNoWriMo (for fear of jinxing it), but I’m still getting the nerves. Okay, enough mysterious rambling, on to the recap!

Today’s Word Count2,607

Total Word Count: 30,801

Estimated Writing Time: 2.25 hours

Feeling: Extremely excited…and nervous!

Motivation: Pushing through to hit the 30,000 mark.

Inspiration: Imagining exactly how it will feel when my manuscript is complete!

Biggest Triumph: This is going to reveal how woefully out of shape I am, but, I had exercise class yesterday, and now my shoulders and back are really sore. Therefore, being able to withstand the physical demands of sitting in a chair and writing my daily word count feels like a greater triumph than normal today.

Biggest Setback: As I flesh out the middle of my novel, the scenes become more and more significant. While this is really exciting, it also makes me (you guessed it) nervous. After all, I can improvise details at the beginning of the novel, but now, they matter. A lot. This internal pressure made my writing start off a bit slow today, but I shook it off and powered through anyway.

Helpful Insights: Do not let yourself get overwhelmed by the importance or enormity of your novel. Yes, at this point, your novel is probably getting long and the scenes are becoming more and more significant to the resolution. Don’t let that intimidate you and don’t let it stop you from writing. Just keep putting your butt in that chair and doing your work. You are the creator of this story, and you are the only one who can master it. Ultimately, you are in charge of your novel, not the other way around.


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 12 Recap
  1. 30,000! Awesome! That’s my goal to hit this weekend – so it’s good to see to others reaching it

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  2. Nikki B. says:

    Way to go, Kate! I’m going to be playing catch-up today through the weekend, myself. I did it the weekend before, so I’m not worried quite yet. What with this lovely cold snap here in Texas, what else do I have to do but snuggle down and write? Hee.

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