Friday, November 1, 2013

BANG! [sound of starting gun] And We're Off!

Just a quick check-in with you (I’m busy, you know!) to let you know about the start. I could have typed the first word for NaNoWriMo 2013 at 12:01 am, but I was still asleep. However, being an early riser, I did log the first words while sipping my second cup of coffee at 4:34 a.m. As of this posting, I have completed most of three scenes and 1703 words. According to the NaNo Stats, at this rate I will complete my novel on November 30.

But I have to finish sooner than that! And I’ll reveal why in another post. More on my NaNo progress another day.

Below is a snippet of my 2012 time/word/pages tracker. I will fill this year’s table every day, each time I write that day. It is my accountability tool to myself. If I have 0 words one day, I will see that every time I pull this up to update. I hate 0’s!

The final column is the cumulative total, by day, to finish with 50K in 30 days. Each time I write, I log in how long I wrote, what the word and page count was at the end of the session, and how many total words I wrote that day. As long as my 4th column word count was more than the Running Total each day, I knew I’d make it. The Running Total column is what it takes to finish 50K in 30 days. I need to be ahead of that schedule.

I am eager to start filling in this year’s tracker! Here’s how I began last year.

Time Started/Ended
Total Hours

Day’s word count
Nov. 1
3:33 a.m.-5:13
9:55 a.m.-11:55
5:45 p.m.-6:11
~ 1.5
~ 2
~ .5
1723/7 pages
4047/11 pages
4516/18 pages
Nov. 2
3:30 a.m.-5:32
3:40 p.m.-4:45
~ 2
~ 2
6792/28 pages
7872/32 pages
Nov. 3
5:30 a.m.-6:00
6:50 a.m.-7:30
10:40 a.m.-11:17
~ .5
~ .75
~ .5
8468/34 pages
9385/38 pages
10,132/41 pages

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