So I’ve missed a few days. My apologies, but I’ve been trying really hard to get to that elusive 50k number. I know, I know, that’s the official NaNo number for the entire month, but I’m not normal. We’ve established that, right? So I hustled really hard yesterday, and I’m proud to say I’ve done it! I’ve hit the NaNoWriMo target of 50,000. I’m officially at 50,267 words. And I had to hit 20,217 words yesterday in order to make that happen.
It was… interesting. As you may be able to guess from the header, I dictate the majority of my stories. Not 100%, but I try to dictate a large amount of them. There’s a marked difference between the amount of time I worked, and the amount of time I actually spent writing. I told my critique partner that I worked from 8:00 am-11:45 pm. That was when I began and when I finished, so I suppose it was an accurate statement. But I’ve been keeping track of my individual writing sessions, which I should probably share with you guys at some point. When I added them up, I found that I did fifteen sessions throughout the day, of approximately 24 minutes each. That equals 360 minutes. Five and a half hours. Less than six hours to hit 20,000 words. Part of me wants to brush my shoulders off. The other part wants to beat myself with a Nerf ball.
So what was I doing the remaining ten hours? Your guess is as good as mine. I know that I took an hour-long nap. I know that I made a set of energy bars for the week. I know that, since I dictated the majority of sessions into the computer, there’s was a lag for the computer to transcribe the recording. But, yeah, that didn’t take ten hours. I have no clue what did, other than me lollygagging.
Still, it’s something to think about when considering how much you can feasibly do when given the time. A ton of people I know say that they work better when they’re under a deadline, and I’m at the front of the line with my hand raised on that count. If I’d been determined to hit that goal in a shorter period of time, I know now that it’s possible. But would I procrastinate more if I knew I could wait and still get a decent word count in? I’d like to think not, but I know better than to assume I wouldn’t. I’m not that grown yet. But I’ll be trying to have another 20k day later on this week, probably on Wednesday, assuming election night doesn’t have me in spasms. If I do go for it, I’ll post the screen shot of my sessions for that day.
Now, since I’m behind I have to give you word counts for three days. On Friday, 11/4/2016, my stats were as follows:
NaNoWriMo, Day Four:
On Saturday, the 5th, the day I finally hit 50k, these were my numbers:
NaNoWriMo, Day Five: 20,217 words
NaNoWriMo 2016: 50, 267
As for tonight, well, I’m still working, so I’ll have to let you know tomorrow. I’m going to try and get two more sprints in before the night’s done. I can promise you one thing, though: it’s going to be my lowest number so far, and hopefully my lowest of the month.