NaNoWriMo Update: Day 18 Recap

How did Day 18 go for everyone? For me, it started off slow, and I didn’t know how to orient myself in my scene. However, before I knew it, I was surpassing my self-imposed word count goal and the time had flown by! Feel free to share your own struggles and triumphs below!

Today’s Word Count3,079

Total Word Count: 45,714

Estimated Writing Time: 2 hours

Feeling: Anticipation — I’m so close to 50,000!

Motivation: I only had about an hour and a half to write between dinner and Supernatural, one of my must-watch TV shows, so I had to write quickly. Luckily, I got on a roll and surpassed my word count in my allotted time with ease!

Inspiration: Laying some of the final groundwork before my climax. I’ve still got a little way to go, but the scenes I’m writing today and tomorrow are crucial for the end of my novel and are incredibly fun to write!

Biggest Triumph: I feel strangely weird for taking the credit for this, but my characters seem to be giving me some great dialog lately. The conversations I’m writing at this stage are vital to my conclusion, and they just seem to be flowing out before I can even think them. I suppose that’s how I know that I’ve got some good characters backing me up!

Biggest Setback: Today, my protagonist and the man whose execution she intends to orchestrate are spending the day together. Figuring out what exactly they were going to do and finessing their double-sided conversations were really intimidating prospects. However, I sat back and trusted my protagonist to get me through it, and she did — so far, anyway!

Helpful Insights: When your characters are on the move, it can be difficult to know how much time to spend in each location and how to transition from one location or time frame to another. First and foremost, you must consider the pacing of your plot and do what feels most organic. Linger where necessary and time jump when necessary.

I suggest mixing up your techniques — don’t do the same thing over and over. In one scene, spend the time describing your surroundings, and in the next, try using more action. Likewise, in one transition, gloss over the events with a few paragraphs. In others, try letting your characters have a conversation or get lost in thought as they walk.

This isn’t a movie: you can’t just go from one scene to the next all willy-nilly, and you can’t fade to black. Take time to craft the geographical and chronological lines of your novel. Your readers will thank you!


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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