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NaNoWriMo Update: Day 23 Recap

Today’s Word Count2,342

Total Word Count: 58,616

Estimated Writing Time: 1.5 hours

Feeling: Anxious and excited. I can feel the end of my manuscript coming, and I am both nervous and thrilled to get there.

Motivation: Proving to myself that social obligations will not totally derail my writing.

Inspiration: The new support I’m finding in the Twitter community. If you guys are reading this, you’re great!

Biggest Triumph: My protagonist had two very important conversations today that A) progressed toward my plot’s conclusion, B) added that last bit of important character development (for her and the minor characters), and C) hopefully made my readers like one of the characters enough to be happy to see her reemerge in later books.

Biggest Setback: I had my first (of two) family Thanksgiving dinners today, so that wiped out most of my morning and all of my afternoon. However, I wanted to show myself that I can be social AND still fit in time for writing, and I am happy to say that I did both today.

Helpful Insights: I am not sure if this is true for everyone, but as my plot draws to a close, I feel like I am losing some control of the pacing. It’s like I am at the top of that first roller coaster hill, and the train has given that final click, and I will plummet down to the end at any moment. If this sensation has struck you, as well, my best advice is as follows.

Just hang on and enjoy the ride. Allow yourself to get your plot resolved and your manuscript finished. For the first draft, it does not matter if your book wraps up too quickly or too slowly. You can edit later and perfect the pacing. Right now, you need to grab on and ride it out. It’s too late to take the chicken exit, and if you jump off now, you’re dead (or to tone down the metaphor, your book is). So just stick through it, trust your instincts, and revise later. You got this!

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


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