It’s that time again. NaNoWriMo. No, not baby babble, National Novel Writing Month, if you please. This event happens every year, during the month of November. Thousands, literally thousands of writers use the impetus of participating in this event to… well write, of course. And the title is a little misleading, the target word count is 50,000 which some say is not novel length, but that’s not the point.
I’ve been ‘doing’ NaNo since 2011, that’s seven years, a particular favourite number of mine, so hoping this year will be successful. Not all of them are, life happens in November as it does in the other eleven months of the year, but I do find it incredibly motivating. The event originally began in 1999 with 21 participants, 6 of whom achieved the word target. Last year in 2016 there were 384,126 participants and over 34,000 winners!
Here are a few stats about NaNo and me…
Lifetime Word Count: 240,376
Wordiest Novel: The White Feather, 2014, 70,099 words
Wordiest Day: 6,637 words on November 4, 2013
Average Writing Pace: 1,328 words per day
Longest NaNo Streak: 7 years, 2011 – 2017
Puts it into context a bit don’t you think? All those words and I’m just one little writer, scribbling away during this month, the air around me probably blue, or thick with frustration when I can’t get a letter out never mind a word. But it’s worth the effort. I’ve self published on of these projects, worked on two others that I’ve also published and three more are in the polishing pile.
Are you participating? If you want some support then please feel free to buddy me, I’m known as The Duchessa. See you at the other side!