Today’s Word Count: 2,417
Total Word Count: 61,033
Estimated Writing Time: 1.5 hours
Feeling: A mixture of happy and sad that this story is coming to a close. I imagine it’s a very watered-down version of what it’s like to send your first child to kindergarten.
Motivation: Writing quickly so I could help my mom bake and frost cupcakes.
Inspiration: Passing 60,000 words and knowing I only have about 15,000 to go!
Biggest Triumph: As I begin creating closure for my readers, I am slowly saying a “farewell” (for now) to characters and resolving smaller plot lines. Today, I had a great final scene (again, for this book) with my protagonist and her best friend.
Biggest Setback: I didn’t really have any major setbacks today. However, I did have to split up my writing session around dinner, which is something I do not like to do. I prefer to write in full one to two hour chunks so I can build up momentum and stay focused on the plot.
Helpful Insights: Keep your emotions regarding your novel in check. I have seen a lot of writers out there getting either A) deeply emotionally invested in their novels or B) disowning and detaching from them in disappointment.
Try to stay somewhere in the middle. If you are too emotional, you will be devastated if you don’t reach the NaNoWriMo goal and/or not have the heart to edit when it comes time. On the other hand, if you separate yourself too much from your novel, you won’t enjoy the success you are having, whether it is 50,000 words or a completed manuscript or even just starting your first draft, and/or you won’t care enough to finish.
Don’t get carried away and don’t get discouraged. Just keep doing the work until December 1st — at which point you can jump for joy or smash your computer — whatever you need to do.