NaNoWriMo Update: Day 17 Recap

Is it just me or did Day 17 feel woefully uneventful after all the hype around the halfway point? Despite its lack of charm, Day 17 still proved to be another productive day for me. I hope you all can say the same. Feel free to tell me all about it in the comment section!

Today’s Word Count2,553

Total Word Count: 42,635

Estimated Writing Time: 1.75 hours

Feeling: Drained from work but reinvigorated by my writing time!

Motivation: Hitting my word count goal so that I can have one of the brownies I baked last night. Yes, folks, we are at the point where chocolate has become a motivator — if only for one evening.

Inspiration: Laying even more foreshadowing for the big reveal at the end of my novel.

Biggest Triumph: I’ve been having an issue with my novel. In the final scene, my protagonist has to return to a certain room, and I could not figure out a logical way to get her there. However, her handsome, genius love interest handed it to me (I mean, her…) on a silver platter tonight. Thank you, good Sir.

Biggest Setback: The scenes I wrote today contained a lot of exposition. As a trained creative writer, I always struggle with exposition, because I feel obligated to make my descriptions “unique” and “poetic.” However, I’m learning to let that conscious effort go and just trust my instincts.

Helpful Insights: Trust your subconscious mind. I have been trying to sort out the issue described in my triumph section (as well as a few other details) for the last 10,000 or so words. However, I trusted that if I kept my story moving in the right direction, the answer would emerge. It did, and strangely (or awesome-ly, if that can be a word), it felt more like my characters provided it. As I wrote out my characters’ actions, I literally said, “Oh, well there we go,” as if I had no involvement at all.

In short: if you have a good map, strong characters, and a creative mind, relax! The three of them will work together behind your back and solve your problems in due time.


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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9 comments on “NaNoWriMo Update: Day 17 Recap
  1. What do you do when your story feels like it is wrapping up after the 25000 word mark?

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    • That’s a tough one. Honestly, I think there are two ways to go. First things first, go ahead and let your story wrap up where it feels natural to you. This way, you will have your entire plot written out to examine. Then look over your work and see how you feel about it.

      If you are happy and truly believe your story is fully-fleshed out and complete – congratulations! You’ve written a novella.

      If you realize that there are places you can expand on backstory, scenes you can add in to smooth out your plot, or more exposition to help scenes flow, it’s time to revise and add in more content.

      Of course, for NaNoWriMo purposes, a 25,000 word story is troubling if you definitely want to hit the 50,000 word mark. However, if you really don’t feel like you can/want to stretch your story out for the sake of NaNo, don’t! Just start writing something else and put it toward your NaNo word count. It’s just being a NaNo rebel, which is totally allowed!

      I hope this helps! Best of luck with your story!

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    • I agree with Kate. For anyone 25,000 words is a feat in this short amount of time. So maybe flesh it out some more and turn it into a novella. Or if you take a long and hard look at it, you might see where your story could go next and where you could flesh it out into a wider story.

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      • Thanks Daniel… You know what they say about hearing an idea. if you hear it from multiple sources it must be true. Looking forward to you posting on the story lines I post about in the future. Thanks!

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  2. Awesomely is a word! 🙂 I see how close you are to 50,000 and it makes me so excited for you – you’ve totally got this!

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