nanowri not this time

Come midnight on the 30th November I was sitting here with 31,301 words on the page.. so my second glorious failure.. that’s three unfinished novels under my belt now:

2004 – 52,300 words which is about 85% of what i expect that novel to be (currently about 54k + notes or 90% done )
2005 – 12,500 words – (currently 16k and one with the most promise)
2006 – 31,300 words – i won’t give up on it completely

For the second time I failed to keep up with the 1667 words per day required, though I came a lot closer this time around, which might mean something. I reckon I can easily I work at 166.7 words a day for next 300 days, a steady pace that would add at least another 50,000 words to the pot.. and if they are suitable distributed (and meaningful) i ought have at least finished one of them before 2007 nano comes around.

Of course, I ought really to be more grown up about it and ignore the tyranny of word count altogether concentrating on other points of finesse like story-telling, character development and well crafted prose. But this was the way I was trained and I am (failed) mathematician it’s very hard to escape the lure of numbers.

In fact, adding up the words in all three nano’s that is just over 100,900. A meaningless fact but one that rather surprised and inspired me. (I will try to ignore the fact that one of the nanowrimo authors I met at the London TFIO party had managed 110,000 words in 25 days.)

Onwards, at snail’s pace.

I am going to start putting a bit more of them online too soon. (Although there will be some editing required first.)

About caspar

Caspar is just one monkey among billions. Battering his keyboard without expectations even of peanuts, let alone of aping the Immortal Bard. By day he is an infantologist at Birkbeck Babylab, by night he runs BabyLaughter.net
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