Arts/Literature

NaNoWriMo Breaking News: Stick a fork in me, I'm done

A WordsDay Special

Let’s run the numbers.

At approximately 2:00 a.m., EST, I finished the first draft of my novel for National Novel Writing Month. My word count came in at 50,390; NaNoWriMo’s word count validator clocked me in at 50,101 words.

I actually passed the 50K-word mark at 1:43 a.m. A few days ago, I was unsure I’d make it to the finish line, but over the past three days, I hammered out 15,539 words. That’s 31% of my novel. (What the hell kind of art is that, part of me still wonders. I’ll get to that in a future post.)

I average about 500 words in 25 minutes. I could write faster if I pushed and didn’t try to work the language too much. I could write slower, too.

Aside from the 50K+ words I wrote for the novel, I wrote another 10,071 words (so far) about writing the novel as part of my S&R coverage of NaNoWriMo. On top of that, I wrote another 3,510 words about it for my own blog. Fold in the 2,654 other words I put together for S&R over the course of the month, and that totals 16,235 words on top of the 50,101 I clocked on the novel—a total of 66,336 words for November (and that’s not counting some significant writing projects for work that I had to crank out).

I’m stating the obvious here, but them’s a lot of words.

My head’s still swimming, but at least this damn novel isn’t crammed in there anymore. Maybe there’s a little room for sleep.

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