So, I haven’t blogged for a while. I have a reason for that. You see, I went on an adventure to NaNoWriMo Land. I got lost for a while in the wild abandonment that is writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.
Did I make it? Yes I did. I went 10K over, in fact. Is the novel any good? Well, only time will tell, but you can check out the details of ‘The Ring of Lost Souls’ here. All I do know for the moment is that it took some stupendous and completely unexpected turns, which I never even saw coming.
And this is why I love November and National Novel Writing Month – you get swallowed up by the enormity of it and as a consequence, not only creative magic happens, but crazy risk taking also happens. This in turn seems to lead to even more creativity.
So, since I have finished a few days early, and now no longer know what to do with myself, I have compiled a list of interesting (in my eyes anyway, you may just be lulled into a sleepy land filled with numbers) statistics:
- Number of words written in November: 68,387
- Actual word count as per NaNoWriMo validator: 60,387
- Words lost due to laptop malfunction: 8,000 (Yes, I am STILL feeling ill at this. All I can say, is back up your work more often than once a day)
- Number of days it took me to re-write above mentioned words: 1.5
- Kilograms of red bullets eaten during the month of November: 1.4
- Average words per day (as per NaNoWriMo website):2,012
- Most words written in a single day: 8,000
- Least words written in a day: 0
- Day I reached 50,000 words: 21st November
- Day I actually finished my novel: 28th November
- Days it would have taken me to reach 50,000 words if all the days of no writing were taken out: 16 (Holy smoke, Batman!)
- Number of plots thrown in because I couldn’t think of anything else to add: 6
- Number of above plots that were useful: 1
- Number of covers designed: 2 (And thanks again to Jade Zivanovic for the best cover art EVER!)