National Novel Writing Month is in full swing, currently reporting a 828,682,775 collective word count on the NaNoWriMo website. Not bad for 11 days of manic writing. Ok, so maybe the “manic” part hasn’t really started – usually that’s when things start getting down to the wire. I’m pretty sure that the thought of penning an average of 1,666.66 words a day will put most people into a tailspin. But as long as you don’t let your daily allocation slide, finding yourself in the last third of the month with a fever-inducing daily 4,000-word quota, you should be fine. Just let your fingers do the talking for the next month.
I’ll be reporting on my word count here, so you can check back to see how things are coming along with the new novel. So far, my word count is 22,252 (about 75 pages), which means I’m tracking an average of just over 2,000 words a day. This is just a per day average – most of my actual typing happens over the weekend or at night as part of a well-thought out “write-until-I-pass-out” approach. It’s not necessarily the most sane approach but it seems to be working at present. I’ll keep you posted on word count and sanity.