STATS (as of Day 30)
TOTAL WORDS: 51,996
WORDS PER DAY (AVERAGE): 1,733
So guess which writers cracked 50,000 words earlier today?
Here’s a screenshot of my NaNoWriMo Author page:
Something weird did happen, though: both Scrivener and Word tallied up my word count at 50,996, but the NaNoWriMo site tacked on an extra 1,000 words. Not that I’m complaining, but I thought I’d disclose this odd discrepancies. So with that being said…
(Revised) STATS (as of Day 30)
TOTAL WORDS: 50,996
WORDS PER DAY (AVERAGE): 1,700
I should be popping open a bottle of champagne, but instead, I’ll pour me a glass of bourbon tonight and re-read Stephen King’ On Writing. I really am thrilled that I completed this draft of my manuscript in this short amount of time. If anything, NaNoWriMo has proven to me that if given the proper tools, the right motivation, and a solid support group, I can do this.
Now on to the really hard part…but first, I’ll take a few days, even weeks off. I need to walk away from my Work-in-Progress for a while, just to let it stew in its own juices (can’t you tell I’m writing this while I’m hungry – I have barbecued ribs in the brain right now) and let the story reveal itself even further. Besides, I’ve got some extra time these days – I’m in between projects right now, and I should be landing a new work gig in the coming weeks – so time for me to do some neglected house projects, like reorganizing the garage and installing some light fixtures and hauling off 12 tons of shit to either Goodwill or the landfill. Plus, I’ve got some writing books I’ve been wanting to read; I found my beat-up copy of Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style in the garage the other day, and since I subscribe to her website, Roz Morris’ Nail Your Novel is something I’ve been meaning to catch up to.
A lot of you have also taken part, and you have all inspired me as well, and I have been honored to have been an inspiration and a source of support for you. There are several folks I’d like to give a shout-out to, people from the Without Whom Department: Bud Smith, Xenogirl, ML Swift, What If It All Means Something, Stan Mitchell, Ink Out Loud, just to name a few. Check out their blogs if you haven’t already. They’ve all kicked NaNoWriMo in the ass this time around, and I for one can’t wait to read their material. It would be my pleasure to help out in any way I can.
(Hint, hint…seriously, I’ll beta-read the shit out of your stuff, guys. Just let me know)
Now, on to some ribs, a shot of bourbon, and some sleep.