NaNoWriMo Diary – Days 12, 13 and 14

Due to life getting in the way yesterday, I’m writing up my progress for NaNoWriMo over the last three days instead of the last two.

Word Count

  • Day 12: 1,226
  • Day 13: 1,143
  • Day 14: 1,308

Total Word Count: 14,511

All in all, not too bad. It’s been nice to get back over 1,000 words per day while I move forward with little planning for my story, but I’ve got to keep this up when I move onto a newer contract at my job. I’ll be working more, which means I’ll be able to afford driving lessons and Christmas presents, but that means I’ll have less time to write during the day. It’s still a case of learning how to work harder with less time available.

I do, however, have something to celebrate after today:


One hundred pages. It’s a big milestone and an even bigger reminder of how far I’ve come with this project. Over a few months, I only managed 20,000 words for my project, and I’m on course to double that way before the end of the month. NaNoWriMo has brought out a lot of potential in me as a writer and will continue to do so even after November. This month has pushed me further and further, making me realise what I have to do to keep churning out words on pages which I hope will one day see publication.

I want to close this post by mentioning the great Stan Lee, the Godfather of superheroes who passed away a couple of days ago. He was an inspiration to me, and he worked so hard to give us characters that we could love, relate to, and live on in our hearts. His superheroes were these larger than life characters which put the ‘human’ in ‘superhuman’. He was the heart of Marvel Comics and has left so much behind for us to marvel over (pun intended!) in the future, not the least of which is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is a storytelling landmark and the biggest movie franchise in history.

“I used to be embarrassed because I was just a comic-book writer while other people were building bridges or going on to medical careers. And then I began to realize: entertainment is one of the most important things in people’s lives. Without it they might go off the deep end. I feel that if you’re able to entertain people, you’re doing a good thing.”

– Stan Lee, The Washington Post

I take this as an important life lesson and something to spur me on with my novel.

R.I.P. Stan Lee

Excelsior, good sir. (1922-2018)

*This photo was used from this website.

2 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Diary – Days 12, 13 and 14

  1. I truly wonder how you do it. I am also attempting to complete this challenge this month and I simply find it very difficult to find time to sit down and write at least 1000 words a day. How do you not find it stressful to complete the word count daily?


    • My views have changed ever since I started this month. I’m not worried about not getting to 50,000 words for the month, because I’m not that far down the line yet as a writer. It’s about realising what you can and can’t do, so I write as much as I can and take it one day at a time. Try to maximise your free time, believe in your concept, and forget about how many words other people are writing. Comparisons are unhealthy and have the potential to throw you off your game.

      The best advice is to trust your instincts and go for it!

      I hope this has answered your question! Happy writing!


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