Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Pacing (A NaNoWriMo Update)

As of last night, I've written 35,041 words on my novel Juggy & The Duchess. It only takes 50,000 words to 'win' NaNoWriMo but that's about the halfway point of my planned novel. The first year I tried NaNo, I wrote a little over 50K words and was very pleased that I was able to do that much having finished just ahead of the deadline. The next year was a little more and I was happy with that, too. Last year's novel remains unfinished (though there are notes to go back and finish it with some day).

I'm currently on pace to write 70,000 words in 30 days. I think this story will wrap itself up somewhere between 95,000 and 100,000 words. I'll be writing until Christmas.

The wonderful folks at the Office Of Letters & Light (who administrate the NaNo website and other programs) did the math and in order to write 50,000 words (a minimal novel) in 30 days one has to average 1667 words per day. My goal this year was to write 1800 words a day. My average this year is currently 2190 but has been as high as 2350. As you can see in the graph it's a nice, steady pace with no huge spurts of words.

Because I like my story and I did enough pre-writing research and thinking about it, I'm having a lot of fun writing it. I think that's why my average has been so much higher than in the past and even than I hoped for. I've also been participating in the local write-ins more and the energy in those rooms is palpable and helpful. Sara mentioned this in her blog post yesterday and she said it better than I could though my results have been different than hers. R.L. Naquin talked about The Fear last week and that's been something I've been watching for but haven't experienced this year. Yet. I'm sure it'll come.

If you clicked here thinking this was going to be about pacing in the novel, that's not something I'm worrying about yet. That's for the editing stage. (There are four of us who are planning to swap our novels in December to begin that stage.) I will say that when I'm writing and feel like I'm slogging through it at some point, I make something happen. I hope that helps with the pacing later on.

Now, as fast as I'm writing, there are several others who are faster and have already passed the 50,000 word mark. Those guys probably aren't spending time blogging when they should be writing.

Would you like to read an excerpt of what I've written so far? Let me know.