Yesterday I bemoaned my lack of writing progress for the NaNoWriMo challenge I accepted earlier this month. The end goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November, and there is a lovely web page where participants can track their progress (if they are making any, that is).
I have really only worked on my novel four days this month (including this morning). I am living Judith Viorst’s statement that “You can have it all, just not all at the same time.” I wrote this morning because I was supposed to be working on cards for tonight’s Helping One Woman dinner. And I think in order to write, I should be “supposed to be” doing something else, which I will put off by writing.
Anyhow, The NaNoWriMo webpage has a progress tracker for writing, based on the word count I post each day. And according to their figures, I am in a world of hurt! My progress goes something like this:
Your average words per day: 270
Words written today: 1271
Target word count: 50,000
Target average words per day: 1667
Total words written: 4599
Words remaining: 45,401
Current day: 17
Days remaining: 14
At this rate you will finish on: May 4, 2016
Words per day to finish on time: 3243
Lifetime Achievement: Total NaNoWord Count: 4599
Two statistics on this list really jumped out at me: “At this rate you will finish on May 4, 2016” and “Lifetime Achievement: 4599”
Not only do I have a ridiculously long way to go, still being 45,401 words short, but I have also written 4599 words more than I had on October 31, 2015. I may not –no, probably will not — finish 50,000 words by November 30, 2015. But I have started, and am gaining momentum.
Now, if you will excuse me, I need to go make some greeting cards for tonight.