At the start of this year, I had set a goal to finish my current Work in Progress before November. I wanted this one done and out of the way so I could start fresh with a new WiP for NaNoWriMo.
Then, I heard about June Novel Writing Month.
It was literally the day before it was to start, and I quickly did the math – story problem style of course.
"If your goal is to finish a book in a year, how much more could you accomplish if you complete the first draft in June...?"
June was going to be a busy month for me, so I knew I had to figure that in and take into account the number of days that I would be unable to put fingers to keyboard or pen to paper. At the end of my calculations, I decided to set a personal goal of 25-30k words for the month.
So I strode onward, without the slightest idea of what I was getting myself in to.
Most days, I didn’t meet the required minimal 1600-plus word count. I probably averaged between 800-1000 on my writing days. A few days were really bad and I logged less than 200 words, but then again, there were couple of awesome days when I managed to produce around 3000 words on my WiP.
At the start of the last week in June I was hearing some stellar reports from other JuNoWriMo’ers who had already surpassed the 50k mark. I was feeling pretty blue about my own seemingly insignificant word count and depressed because I was unable to write that whole last week.
But then it suddenly dawned on me; I had already written more than that anyway.
Keeping with the math theme, I want to share an estimation of my total word count for the month of June. I’m not trying to brag, just want to humbly share.
- At work (a weekly newspaper) around – 25,000 words.
- For my blog and guest posts – 8,000 words.
- Long hand in my journal, approx. – 1,200 words.
- When you figure in my JuNoWriMo total of 26,358 words, you get a grand, estimated total of: 60,558.
I’m elated by that number, especially because I missed writing eleven days last month.
I know for a fact that my fingers have just produced more words than they ever have in any other 30-day period in my life.
And now I really can't wait for NaNoWriMo to see what I can do now that I know what to expect!
Did you this year or have you ever participated in JuNoWriMo? How did you do?
Plus, don’t forget to check back Thursday for my first ever author interview! There’ll be prizes!