NaNoWriMo Update: Day 20 Recap

Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Kate, you reached 50,000 words yesterday, why are you still doing these updates?!” Well, even though I have reached the NaNoWriMo goal, my manuscript remains unfinished, and I want to keep working. Also, so many of my writer friends have yet to make it all the way up that 50,000 word summit, and I plan to stay here in the trenches with each one of them until they do! (So, if you guys didn’t feel enough pressure to finish, there’s a harmless bonus for you. Seriously, though, you got this!)

Today’s Word Count2,059

Total Word Count: 52,172

Estimated Writing Time: 1.25 hours

Feeling: A little disheartened. While while winning is excellent, I still have another mountain to scale.

Motivation: Making it to the end of my first draft.

Inspiration: My husband, whose unconditional love and support continue to amaze me.

Biggest Triumph: Skipping the first half of the football game to write.

Biggest Setback: I felt a bit discouraged today. Even though I have reached 50,000 words, I still have a lot of my novel left. I suppose you could say the mood has changed. The glamour of NaNoWriMo has worn off, and I’ve moved into the stage of writing as a “job.” And while that makes me extremely proud, it’s also a lot of pressure.

Helpful Insights: For whatever reason, writers tend to be competitive creatures (which is really weird when you consider we work independently or with an editorial/publishing team). If you have yet to win NaNoWriMo or reach your next writing goal, don’t get competitive, petty, or jealous. No two writers, no two novels, and no two lives are the same. There is literally no possible way to accurately compare yourself to another writer and being jealous will only foster the kind of negativity that has pervaded the writing community for years. We are all in this together, and we will get a hell of a lot farther by supporting each other than by isolating ourselves out of childishness. So, writers, let’s rally together and help each other win this game!


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

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5 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Update: Day 20 Recap

  1. Nikki B. says:

    If you haven’t done so already, go validate your novel!

    Me, I’m about, oh, 7500 words behind. You can thank four days of being sick as a dog due to horrendous allergies and what I’m sure had to be a touch of the flu – even though I got the flipping shot in October. I’m hoping I can stop coughing long enough tonight to maybe put words to scene. *crossing fingers*

    On the positive side, all my goodies came in, although they’re ready to go for Jan so I’m not sure what to do re Dec. LOL!

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      • Nikki B. says:

        I still remember from last year. You need to post that winner banner somewhere nice and obvious, haha.

        I am hoping to have marathon sessions on Saturday (after pottery class) and Sunday (after church) to make it all up and forge ahead. Fortunately, I am also on vacation all next week, so hopefully there will be time then, too. Although, with singing at two separate church services, and Turkey Day, it could be down to the wire. *crosses fingers again*

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      • Kate M. Colby says:

        My winner banner is the banner for this post, actually. You just have to be on my home page to see the banners. For whatever reason, this theme doesn’t show them on individual posts. I’ve been trying to find a new theme that does, but I’m really picky lol.

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