NaNoWriMo Update: Day 19 Recap (Challenge Complete!)

I did it! I made it to the 50,000 word mark and can officially declare myself a NaNoWriMo WINNER! I cannot explain how exciting and unfathomable this is to me. If you had asked me in October if I would reach the NaNo goal, I would have given you a solid maybe and a shaky yes. If you had asked me if I would reach the NaNo goal eleven days early, I probably would have laughed at you.

Of course, I still have a long way to go. My manuscript is no where near complete. I’m guessing that I have another 20,000 words or so to finish my first draft. However, I have a solid road map of where my plot is going; I just have to put in some more hours and get it there.

I am not sure if I want to verify my word count when winning “begins” on Day 20, or if I want to wait and see if I can finish the novel and verify it upon its (hopefully) true completion at the end of the month. Advice would be fantastic and appreciated.

For now, though, I’m going to go celebrate!

Today’s Word Count4,399

Total Word Count: 50,113

Estimated Writing Time: 2.75 hours

Feeling: On top of the world

Motivation: Once I put in my self-imposed 2,500 words today, I saw how close I was to 50,000, and I got too excited to stop writing. I will admit, I checked my word count obsessively for the last 500 words of my writing session, but being so close to my goal was too irresistible, and I had to get there.

Inspiration: My protagonist has grown a lot, and she is finally become the strong woman I always knew she would be. This makes her the driving force behind my writing, my muse I suppose you could say, and I love sitting down with her every day.

Biggest Triumph: Winning NaNoWriMo!

Biggest Setback: Once I neared the 50,000 word mark, my writing slowed down substantially. I couldn’t help but keep checking my total word count. Do yourselves a favor and don’t get as caught up in it as I did. This is a definite “do as I say and not as I do” moment.

Helpful Insights: You can do this. You can reach 50,000 words, and you can write a complete novel. You simply have to figure out what works for you. My mantra is life is probably unhealthy, but I tend to be an “all or nothing” type of person. Either I commit to something entirely or do not put a speck of work into it. For many years, the latter was true of my writing career. However, when I committed to NaNoWriMo and decided that reaching 50,000 words was inevitable, I did it with relative ease.

Regardless of your personality type, that is the lesson here. If you decide you can do something and truly believe in yourself and the act, you will find a way to make it happen. It may be exhausting and scary and difficult, but you will do it. Just keep believing in yourself and keep pushing onward!

Join me on my NaNoWriMo journey on my NaNoWriMo page or follow me on Twitter @KateMColby for more frequent updates!


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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12 comments on “NaNoWriMo Update: Day 19 Recap (Challenge Complete!)
  1. WELL DONE! Now, when can we would be followers expect to read said amazingness?

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    • Haha, well first, I have to finish the entire manuscript. Then edit myself and with a professional editor before it hits the world. However, I will be looking for some beta readers, probably around late January/early February, so that is a possibility!

      I might also post the first chapter up on the blog to get some general feedback. We’ll see. I’m not letting myself do anything until it’s finished, though. 🙂

      Seriously, though, your interest is very flattering. Thank you!

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      • When you start looking for beta readers let me know. I am kind of a harsh critic. But, I do it with kid gloves so you wont totally hate me for it.

        Do you have a professional editor yet?

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      • No, I’m not going to start looking for an editor until the first draft is complete. It’s got to pass my own editorial test first.

        And harsh criticism is good as long as it’s constructive! I have had my fair share of critiques in creative writing workshops in college, so I am no stranger to them! I will definitely keep you in mind when I’m ready for beta readers. 🙂

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      • I also Know a professional editor. I have a friend, Amy Mah who used her and raves about her. Great to work with a fantastic person.

        Constructive is my middle name. I am all about helping people be the best they can be. 🙂

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      • Nice! When it comes time, I’ll probably hit you up for some more info! Thanks. 🙂

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  2. ofopinions says:

    Congratulations! Your positive, can-do approach to this has definitely been an inspiration! Hope you share your novel soon!

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  3. Thank you so much! As I said in the comment above, I’ve got a ways to go before the first draft is finished and even longer before it is ready for market. But I will be sharing every step of my path, probably posting the first chapter on the blog, and definitely looking for beta readers in a couple months.

    And again, thank you for following my NaNo journey and for your support. It means the world to me.

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  4. Congrats Kate! Can’t wait to be on that winning podium with you – hopefully this weekend! 🙂

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  5. Shayna says:

    Congratulations!! And with more than a week to spare–Great Job!

    Liked by 1 person

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