NaNoWriMo – Week 3

I’m now three weeks into National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. I’ve accepted the challenge to write at least 50,000 words of first draft text for my sequel novel in the month of November. So how am I doing?

As I explained in my first post on this topic, I needed to keep up a 1,667 words/day pace for the month. I think some people doing NaNoWriMo plan to write more than that on weekends to make up for less time during the week. For me, since I work part-time and can hit that mark in about two hours a day, I strive to reach 1,667 words every day. And again this week, I did so. Here are the numbers for this past week:


Minutes Writing

Daily Words

Cumulative Words

Daily Goal

Cumulative Goal

Excess over Goal

11/15 129 1,913 25,858 1,667 25,005 853
11/16 129 1,702 27,560 1,667 26,672 888
11/17 118 1,723 29,283 1,667 28,339 944
11/18 115 1,750 31,033 1,667 30,006 1,027
11/19 127 1,728 32,761 1,667 31,673 1,088
11/20 132 1,718 34,479 1,667 33,340 1,139
11/21 134 1,698 36,177 1,667 35,007 1,170
11/22 155 1,690 37,867 1,667 36,674 1,193
11/23 120 1,692 39,559 1,667 38,341 1,218

The last few days have just barely been over the goal, but I am 1,218 words ahead of the pace.  Not enough to take a day off, but a nice margin in case something happens. Like Thanksgiving.

A lot of people doing NaNoWriMo seem to like getting together for “sprints.” There are meet-ups scheduled daily in the Colorado Springs area (and, I’m sure, in other cities). I don’t personally see the appeal, as I work fine by myself, comfortably at my desk. I use a Mac Mini, since I gave up my MacBook years ago, so I’m really not able to write elsewhere (unless I want to use my iPad, but that would be making things difficult). Anyway, some connection to other writers would be nice, but at the end of the day, this is a solitary effort.

Finally, for your reading pleasure, here are three promotions of free sci-fi e-books (including my novella, The Worth of a World).  Check them out, you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy!


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Author: RickAAllenSF

Semi-retired engineer, now a SF author. Recently moved to Colorado Springs, where I work in front of a window looking out at Pikes Peak.

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