NaNoWriMo Update: Day 14/Week 2 Recap

Hello fellow writers! We are at the end of week two! Figure out a way to celebrate, because we seriously deserve it for sticking through NaNoWriMo so far.

Most of week two has been uneventful for me, but as you will find out below, I had some scrambling to do tonight. While my work on Day 14 did miss my self-inflicted word count goal, I am happy knowing that my efforts strengthened my draft. So read my results below and then tell me how you’re doing!

Today’s Word Count2,184

Week 2 Word Count: 17,556

Total Word Count: 35,565

(You’ll see my math doesn’t add up when you combine weeks one and two. I suffered a roughly 120 word casualty when repairing the plot hole I explain below.)

Estimated Writing Time: 1.5 hours

Feeling: Like I dodged a bullet

Motivation: Treating my writing like a job and doing at least some work, even when I don’t feel well

Inspiration: The positivity and support of other Wrimos in the WordPress community!

Biggest Triumph: Writing anything at all and not letting Daniel’s epiphany entirely derail my progress (see below).

Biggest Setback: I had two pretty big setbacks today. First, I suffer from chronic migraines, and I had a lovely flareup that prevented me from writing most of the day. Second, my husband pointed out a rather concerning plot hole in my draft, which gave me a mini panic attack. However, I think I have been able to manipulate the first draft enough to repair the hole, and I’m grateful it happened now and not later. There will be more smoothing to do when I revise, but that’s expected and manageable.

Helpful Insights: If you realize that your novel has a plot hole (like mine did!), don’t let it entirely destroy your progress. Have a little freak out or a drink or do whatever you need to do, then come back and fix it. Some plot holes will require major revision, and some will simply take some finessing and reorganizing. I advise repairing them as soon as you can, as it is very difficult to finish a draft by writing on the assumption that the hole will get patched.

Remember: this isn’t a lasting setback. It’s a chance to make your novel better, and it’s better that it happen now rather than when you send it to a professional or publish it. Plus, if you patch your hole properly, the act can boost your word count. Win-win!


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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5 comments on “NaNoWriMo Update: Day 14/Week 2 Recap
  1. I finally hit over 10,000 words and plan on doing another 5 hours of writing tonight… Next year if you don’t mind I may blog like this… it is kind of cool.

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  2. Randy says:

    Congratulations for being half through and keeping up with your self imposed word counts! It’s good your little hole in your plot was fixed with just a little work now and not later. Are you glad you have a Great Husband to support you so much!

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