Nanowaitaminute, how many words?

So, the goal of Nanowrimo is to write 50,000 words (the equivalent of a short novel) during the month of November. At the moment, though, I couldn’t tell you how many words I’ve written.

That’s because I’m writing this novel longhand, for the most part. I have a vast stockpile of notebooks, notepads, journals, and super-fancy-looking books that have been accumulating for, well, for years. I’m really eager to use some of them, especially this blue one with the brocade fabric cover and the cord closure which was a gift from my mother (whose birthday was last Tuesday—hi, Mom). I have a shelf in the spare bedroom (one of these days I’ll actually have a home office, but I’m not holding my breath) that contains all of the journals and notebooks that I’ve scribbled thoughts and minutiae in over the past twenty-odd years—I don’t think there’s anything from high school in there, but some from my first undergrad experience are in the pile.

The one I’m using right now is similar to the old-school composition books that I used to use in high school. It was given to me by Mimi, a paper vendor I used to work with in my old job BGS (Before Grad School). When I told her what I was going to be doing, she loaded me down with notepads, papers samples, and notebooks so that I wouldn’t have to buy any. Her excitement about my return to higher education rivaled my own; if you’re lucky, you encounter such people in your life.

Anyway, I have a feeling that I’m going to fall short of the 50,000-word threshold for “winning” Nanowrimo, but I’m okay with that. I’m a slow writer. I’m writing anywhere from 3 to 5 pages a day in the notebook, and that’s more than I might have had if I didn’t have this to kick-start me.

4 thoughts on “Nanowaitaminute, how many words?

  1. Wow, I wouldn’t have dared venturing into NaNoWriMo without my laptop, but that’s only because I always feel the need to edit and revise what I’ve written. Good luck with your writing! As long as it sparked your creativity and you have a goal of your own, I’d say the 50,000 words aren’t that important.

  2. I totally empathize. I’m not the kind of writer who can chug away at her novel every day. I wrote five chapters, reached a decent 16k words and decided that I just wasn’t feeling the story. I moved from first person to third person and it’s HARD! I thought the third person pov would be easier but it’s not. Why do we subject ourselves to this, Jeffrey? Haha. I’m super impressed that you’re writing by longhand. Your hands must get cramped unless you’re used to writing in longhand and a pro at it. (Which I’m sure you are.) Good luck writing! And I don’t know if I can say it but have fun doing it.

  3. Did you start a brand new work for NaNo? I’ve never joined in the fun, though one year I’d really like to. It’s been a daydream for me since high school, when I found out what it was.

    • It’s sort of new; it’s the sequel to The Unwanted, and I’d written about 7,000 words already, so I just kept going. You should totally give it a shot! As much as I might complain about how slow I write and how much it can tie my mind in knots, I can’t imagine not writing.

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