Saturday, November 2, 2013

Reflections on a Number and a NaNoWriMo Tidbit

Scott D. Parker

October 2013 is now in the books and I'll share some stats with you.

Here are October's numbers:

  •     Minimum threshold: 1,000/day while completing the novel (on 12 October); 500/day for next story so this metric is a non-issue this month
  •     Total words: 30,967
  •     Average: 999/day
  •     Best day: 4,300 (12 October; finished novel)
  •     Worst: 529 (29 October)
  •     Items worked on: Chapters 37-48 of Book 2 to The End; sections 1-11 of next novella
  •     Number of consecutive days writing: 157 days (since Memorial Day)
  •     Milestone: passed 250,000 words for the year on 31 October

It's that last number that surprised me when my spreadsheet* did the math. A quarter of a million new words. Then I did more math. May through October is 6 months. That's a quarter million words in six months. Extrapolating that out, you get the obvious: a half million words a year. It boggles the mind.

And that's the tidbit for you NaNoWriMo participants this year. Just. Keep. Going. Come December 1st, don't stop. Keep writing. Soon, your 50,000 words will be a 100,000, and then 150,000, and so on. Writing is a cumulative thing. It all adds up and, before you know it, you will have lots of completed things. Which is the point of all of this, right? To reach The End and then reach readers. But, to get to readers, you have to get to The End.

Keep going. Keep writing. Keep going.

*I have started keeping a spreadsheet of my daily writing. I have found it to be invaluable in my writing progress.

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