NaNoWriMo 2017 – Word Count Shout Out!

img_0258-1I am knee-deep in my NaNoWriMo 2017 novel writing – when October comes to an end, I gear up and get ready to write my fingers off! I find the fluidity of writing on paper allows the words to flow more freely, but many of you fellow NaNoWriMo’ers find your groove on your laptops.

Smithing words, constructing sentences, creating dialoug and drama, building tension, using allusions, and verbs…not to mention imagery through descriptive words, setting the tone and the stage, the scene in which your plot slowly, or perhaps very quickly, unfolds.

The story is yours, the plot is yours to twist and diagram. The words, whether common or sparkly, are all yours to tell — and I can’t wait to hear all about it!!


What is your NaNoWriMo Word Count?

8 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo 2017 – Word Count Shout Out!

  1. Did I miss where you gave your NaNo word count? How do you count it if you’re writing by hand? That sounds challenging.

    I wrote this post about where I was on Day 5 and how I felt about it:

    As of Day 6, I had written just over 30,000 words. And then work and a vacation with a friend interrupted, and I haven’t written a single word since (and it’s Day 15). But it was worth it to see my friend, explore a bit of Joshua Tree National Park, and finally visit Temecula and go wine tasting there. I’ve got a full day of work and housework scheduled for today, then I’m taking Thursday and Friday off and I plan to just write for the whole four-day weekend. (Well, that and wash a huge pile of laundry, and go to one writing group.) Hopefully I can dive right back in and find the zone again!

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing your link and your word count! I actually didn’t share my word count as I’ve not estimated it! When I hand write, I don’t literally count every word. If I have time, I start typing what I’ve handwritten, but that usually happens after November. Instead, I count the number of words in the first few lines and divide by the number of lines I’ve counted to get an average word count. As long as my writing is about the same size, I know how many lines each of my pages is in my journal and I simply multiply the average number of words by the number of lines per page, then multiply by the number of pages. I generally write about 10 words, on average, per line and have 35 lines per page which means to get my daily word count of 1667 words, I need to hand write about 5 pages. It actually comes out to a bit more than the 1667 words, but I like to build in cushion for those lines that average below my 10 words per line. I’m actually writing a post about this today, but since we’re at the halfway point, we should be around 25,000 words – I’m about a day behind, so my goal is to catch up this afternoon and write closer to 4,000 words today, which for me is about 11 or 12 pages. I like to stay a day or two ahead, so when I fall behind I try to not only catch up, but surpass the daily goal. Thank you so much for sharing your link — I look forward to reading it!

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      1. That sounds like a good system for counting, although it makes me wonder — how do you deal with pages that have a lot of dialogue (short lines) versus pages with really dense text? I guess it all averages out in the end. I imagine that typing it up later takes a really long time too, although that could be a useful exercise in reviewing what you’ve written and maybe doing a little editing while you’re at it. I’m planning to start my next phase of NaNo writing by going back to read the last couple chapters, to get me back in the mood, but I hope I can do it without falling prey to the editing bug!

        I also like to stay ahead — I always worry that something unexpected will come up and put me farther behind, so I like having some wiggle room. Good luck with catching up and staying on track!

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      2. Thank you — and you as well!! The good, and bad, news is dialogue is my nemesis. I have very little dialouge when writing — but when I do, I don’t write it as it would appear in final edit, I include it in-line. I know when I go back and type it I will give it the editing it deserves…and likely add to it.

        For me, part of writing by hand is the literal flow of words and ideas, unfettered by subtleties such as proper form, the best words {I usually underline in-line words that aren’t exactly what I want, but are potential placeholders — I oftentime in mid-thought cannot think of the exact word I mean — same goes with character names}.

        Many people find it difficult to meet the minimum for the 50,000 words. Fortunately, for me, that is never the problem. I am so verbose, the words come very easily and fluidly in the first draft. I always have many more than I need for the novella. For me, the challenge comes with the editing and refining. The document I’m working on this year I’ve written and journaled abou tin the past and find myself weaving in other tales that seemed unconnected in the past and am finding the words coming fast and furiously — good news. The better news is that since these ideas have been brewing for a few years, I have a much clearer image of where I am going with the story and the twists and turns make sense instead of dead-ending as they may have done in the past.

        For some reason, it’s just all clicking for me this year. The characters are crisp and refined – when surprises arise, they are easily incorporated. However, the editing – the refinement – that will need to be dealt with swiftly. I may actually have a novel-length story with this one and potentially incorporate previous writing in the edits to turn this into my first *real* novel — and that is very exciting!!

        Thank you so much for sharing your progress and process — I think conferring and discussing where we are not only encourages me, but gives me inspiration to push through and not allow the noise of life to push out my tending to my goals.

        Good luck to staying ahead and getting your story out!! 🙂

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      3. Thanks for sharing about your process. I love that I can go online and find such wonderful kindred souls who are dealing with the same thing I am — writing — and can learn from the different ways they approach it, and feel supported that we’re all in this together!

        I’m so glad to hear that the story is clicking for you this time around. That is such a great feeling! And yes, the editing is horrible. Editing is always horrible. But if you’re feeling like it’s working well on the first draft, that’s a good sign that you will need less painful revisions in the second draft — I hope!

        I am the opposite about dialogue, I’m noticing, at least this time around. It seems like ALL I am writing is dialogue. Almost every scene, the majority of the words are two or three people talking to each other, with occasional action beats and pauses for the main character to think about what was just said or think about what he should say next. It’s almost as though I’ve forgotten what else happens in novels other than dialogue! Well, it seems to be working, so I’m not really complaining. I can fill in more of the description and setting stuff later.

        Speaking of, I need to get offline and get back to writing. Good luck to both of us!

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      4. I agree whole-heartedly and must admit, much of the dialogue I’ve written thus far are the thoughts of my protagonist, therefore unnecessary to do traditional dialogue quotations and form. I can see real potential with actually editing this novel and actually publishing! How exciting!!!

        Good luck with your writing — I’m cheering you on as Write 🖋📚✔️

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