NaNo by the Numbers

cropped-ramonagravitar.jpgToday I dove into the challenge called NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).

Throughout 2016, I’ve been speaking at libraries on how to create a long term daily writing habit. This is indirectly connected to NaNoWriMo, but one part of my writing habit talk is discussing word count and NaNoWriMo. Every time I do this talk, I notice people scribbling the numbers. Today, on Day 1, I thought I’d share the breakdown. I hope it helps those people who like to play with days and numbers and word count:

How can you use MATH to be successful at NaNoWriMo?

The NaNoWriMo goal is 50,000 words in the month of November. To earn the badge, you will need to write every day or close to it. But what about Thanksgiving? What if you only write on weekends? Does that mean you can’t participate?

Of course you can! Here, by word count, is much you will need to write under each of these schedules:

~ If you write every day, for 30 days, that’s a daily word count of 1,667.

~ If you take off Thanksgiving to watch parades, the daily word count becomes 1,725.

~ If you take off Thanksgiving and Sundays, the daily word count becomes 2,000.

~ If you need to work primarily on weekends (9 days), the daily word count is 5,555.

Day 1 for NaNoWriMo is here. For me, because I write every morning at 7:00 a.m., my daily word count is done. What was it! 1,922. Not bad, right?

If you are doing NaNoWriMo, what kind of schedule will you work with? And, if you are completed with day 1, what’s your word count? Feel free to share!

2 thoughts on “NaNo by the Numbers

  1. 1530 for Day 1. I’m not officially doing NANO, although as of the 1st I needed to write about 30000 more words for the month. And I DO take Thanksgiving off. And three days of Crime Bake. Interesting breakdown!


  2. I try to hit the 1,667 number everyday. However, this year I started with one character, no setting, and no plot. I did this once before and it is not my favorite way to start. I like to have at least three characters, a setting, a plot, a story sentence, and a genre. Day one, 1453 words were mostly questions on where I was going. Day 2, 389 as I had a doctor’s appointment. Day 3, 1953 and I’ve finally found my way with two more characters, each have a conflict so my plot is developing. I’m still not sure of my genre…I’m thinking police procedural/romance at this point. Day 4 so far I have another 1214 words. I may write more later. I am planning a 5K day on election day since there will be only boring stuff on TV. LOL When I’m behind on my word count, I love to set a goal and race to meet it. A good time to do this is when you are really on a roll character and story wise.


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