The Impending 11 Days of Madness

NaNoWriMo is coming. Soon it will be time to lock our inner editors up in the recesses of our minds, feed them nothing but bread and water, and let them out – raving and insane – on December 1.

The first 11 days of NaNo are going to pretty crazy for me because I’ll be writing two stories at once: David (my NaNo) and XIII: Strophe (the prologue of the XIII series).

I’ve been writing 2,000 words a day on XIII and I will be writing 1,667 words a day on David. I’m horrible at math, but even without a calculator I can tell that I will be doing 3,667 words a day for the first 11 days of November. (I plan to finish XIII: Strophe on November 11.)

3,667 words a day.

I hope I survive these 11 days of madness.

Question for other writers out there – how many words do you normally write a day (outside of November)? Are you planning to write more than 50K words in your NaNo novel? What was the biggest word count you ever got in a single day?


Bonus: Words of the Day!

I was reading “The Spirits of Werwolves” by Elliott O’Donnell today and came across several interesting words that I wanted to share.

1. metempsychosis – reincarnation

2. droshky – an old-fashioned Russian carriage with four wheels and an open top

3. verst – archaic Russian unit of length, equivalent to about 3,500 feet

4. qui vive – on the alert!

5. volki – wolves

As always, thank you for reading and have a great day! 🙂

5 thoughts on “The Impending 11 Days of Madness

    1. I only write that much on days where I’m trying to catch up after missing a day. (I don’t generally write ahead – I like to pace myself, but sometimes life gets in the way.)


  1. Holy Moly! You make me feel like such a slacker! I’m content with a chapter a week (which is usually around 4,500 words). I wish I could make myself pump them out like that! But I think I’m a bit too lazy! Good luck with it! It sure seems like a hefty goal, but I’m sure you’ll be able to get through it.


    1. Maybe if I stretched my chapters out to one per week instead of one per day, my writing quality would be better. But for first drafts, it helps me to get the words out as fast as possible before the idea leaves my head. Then I end up with a horrible mess to go back and edit, haha!


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