November 18th, 2009

Post ImageTime for a quiz, kids! Complete the following sentence: "NaNoWriMo is . . ."

a) 1667 words a day?
b) voluntary torture?
c) giving yourself permission to write complete trash?
d) all of the above?

If you selected "d" then you're absolutely correct. The full definition of NaNoWriMo can be found in this image from a recent Austin lock-in.

I realize I haven't given you all very much personal progress on the nano front, but I think today's efforts are worthy of an off-day post. (Deb, consider today Thunday.)

So what was so special about today's progress? I'm glad you asked! There are several things:

  1. My manuscript's word count today ended up at exactly 65,536 words. For you non-nerds out there, this is exactly 216. Cool, huh? (For those of you keeping score at home, my official nano word count is actually 35,086 words. This is because I cheated and began the month with a 30,450 word manuscript. Shhh. Don't tell anyone.)
  2. The total word count just now surpassed the word count of my last book by 102 words. So it's official. My novel will be a lot longer than the diet book.
  3. It finally dawned on me that if you actually work on something, you can make progress on it. Imagine that.

Hey, and if you're all lucky, I may just tell you what it's about at some point. (And if I'm lucky, you'll actually care.)

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4 Responses to “NaNoWriMo Is…”

  1. Biz says:

    I care! I miss you Charlie - can't wait to see you at Christmas!

    I promise I'll make my pumpkin pancakes for you! 😀

  2. TexasDeb says:

    I was thinking more along the lines of Thaturday, but....

  3. tuscanystone says:

    I care Charlie 🙂

  4. Wombat Sympathiser and Wombat Accessory Wholesale Supplies says:

    Ahh you're still ahead of me by 4k nano'd words.