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NaNo Update, Week 1

Tonight ends week one of NaNoWriMo, and I must say it has gone quite swimmingly. In other words, I have been kicking ass and taking names! My word count as of right now stands at 19,565 words, and I plan to top 20,000 before I go to bed later. The bare minimum I should have had by today, if I were doing the minimum of 1,667 words per day, is 11,666. So I’ve got a nice little 7,899 word lead over the minimum count. It’s nice to have a buffer there just in case I can’t write a couple of days this month, for whatever reason.

And I even developed a cold a few days ago. Totally stuffed up, but it hasn’t slowed me down.

In my last post, I said I was going to take this lightly and have fun with it, but I decidedĀ not to do that, after all. I’m writing sword-and-sorcery, but the story is “serious” and I’m not just writing whatever I want in there. I’m really loving it so far, and I’m absolutely having fun writing it even though it turned out to be a “real” story and not just a free-for-all. I love reading sword-and-sorcery, and so I’m doing my best to create my own contribution to the genre. And at the head of that contribution is my own warrior woman, the fearless Ethraton!

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Writing Stats for my first Novel

I’ve been working on a novel, a contemporary romance that I dreamed up last year. I keep a log of various things about writing the novel that I thought I’d share here on my blog, for other data-lovers to see. I know I could do so much more, but I tend to get distracted easily and my writing stamina is embarassingly low. It’s something I want to work on as I grow as a writer!

Words written per day / Total words / Hours worked:

2/10: 575 (575) (Day 1)

2/11: 2,311 (2,886)

2/12: 1,300 (4,186)

2/13: 608 (4,794)

2/14: 1,115 (5,909) (Day 5)

2/15: 974 (6,883)

2/16: 649 (7,532)

2/17: 868 (8,400)

2/18: 1,660 (10,060)

2/19: 2,285 (12,333) 2.3 hours worked (Day 10)

2/20: 1,972 (14,305) 3.1 hours

2/21: 135 (14,440) 0.5 hours

2/22: 2,000 (16,440) 3.2 hours

2/23: 775 (17,215) 1.2 hours

2/24: 115 (17,330) 0.1 hours (Day 15)

2/25: 1,225 (18,555) 1.4 hours

2/28: 770 (19,325) 1 hour

3/1: 2,000 (21,325) 2 hours

3/2: 1,707 (23,032) 2 hours

3/3: 1,500 (24,532) 1.7 hours (Day 20)

3/4: 488 (25,020) 0.8 hours

3/6: 121 (25,141) 0.1 hours

3/7: 271 (25,412) .3 hours

3/9: 38 (25,450)

3/11: 605 (26,055) .6 hours (Day 25)

3/12: 1,140 (27,195) 1.2 hours

3/13: 385 (27,510) .4 hours

3/14: 1,025 (28,535) 1.1 hours

3/15: 1,000 (29,535) .8 hours

3/20: 329 (29,864) .7 hours (Day 30) (so far for today)

Average words written per “working day” / avg words written per day total (including days I did not write):

995 / 765

Okay, yeah, those averages are pretty bad, and I know I could do a lot better! I think putting my numbers up here for the world to see might be a good kick in the butt to improve my productivity! Oh, that reminds me, those average words written per day are just for that novel, not including the short stories I also might be working on, on any given day. So, with all my writing included, it looks a little bit better. But still, I could be getting more words down in my novel!

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