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Day 420: 260,439

Not done yet.

I freely admit to slacking off on updating. One thing I’ve noticed in a big way over the course of this challenge is that my word counts have been pretty darn good stress meters and these last few weeks have been doozies. The higher the stress, the lower the word count. This means I need to SERIOUSLY work out two things: 1) how to reduce the stress levels in my life right now :p, and 2) **how to write through stressful times** (because life is full of them, obviously). I am never more miserable than when I’m not writing, because not writing goes hand in hand with not reading, and not reading leads to depression and all kinds of nastiness for me.

2016 was not a great year.

2017 is going to be better, by hook or by crook.

Ok, now for some numbers. Poor December eked out a meagre 2,922 words, coming in last place for 2016. Blech. On a happier note, last January I sailed through 60,619 words, and so far this January is sitting at 1,609 and getting ready to climb. Highest word count in one day for January so far was the 4th with 193, and you know I can do better than that. This post is already more words than that (sorry for being wordy today :P). So, short term goal:

Do better.

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Day 366: 255,908

My brain is mush. I’m going to do my best to form coherent sentences anyway. Day 366. My year got an extra day.  Actually, that makes today day 367 doesn’t it. Phoey. I’m not fixing it. 😛

255,908 words. Going by Nanowrimo’s benchmark of 50,000 words = 1 novel, that’s 5.12 novels. For me, it turned out more like one epic monstrosity that is somewhere around its midpoint (148,664 words so far, though I already know chunks of it are going on the chopping block), three novel attempts (16,500 words; 17,943; and 10,738), a completed novella that came out pretty darn good if I say so myself (11,614 words), and a slew of short stories, flash fiction, revisions, and bits that apparently added up to a novel length (50,449). (If I messed up on any of my math, it’s because I’m exhausted and brain dead.)

While this is nothing to sneeze at, 255,908 wasn’t the number I was aiming for on this date last year. So. Obviously this means I need to keep writing.

How many days does it take to reach 1,000,100 words? I don’t know. I’m going to find out.

Just keep writing. Just keep writing. What do we do? We write, write…..

(Besides, I want to know just how long this epic monstrosity is going to end up. There are crazy people out there who enjoy door stoppers; after all, the Lord of the Rings trilogy was originally supposed to be one book and it adds up to 455,125 words. Your trivia for the day.)

(Oh, and if anyone was wondering, my eevee turned into a vaporeon. 🙂 )

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Day 350: 242,175

Day 350! Holy cow! Almost halfway through this year’s Nanowrimo. I finally feel like I have two brain cells to rub together again. 1,953 words for November so far. Looking to make that number jump significantly. Managed 536 words on Friday.

I picked up a small writing companion from http://thousandroads.net/fanfic/nanowrimon and I’m geekily excited to see what my eevee turns into at about 15,000 words – which means I need to get that far.

Just keep writing. Just keep writing….

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Day 306: 233,333

Not sure I’m going to have a chance to post on the regular day this week, so I decided to report September’s results. Plus, that total!! 233,333 words!! How perfect is that?

September finished with 12,155 words, just barely coming under August’s total, but beating April’s. Bonus: yesterday I managed to unknot a sticky bit of emotional conflict in my main project, without wrecking or invalidating the stakes! I’m so proud of myself. ^_^

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Day 287: 224,798

Posting early today so I don’t forget. Still muzzy from being sick, but words made it to the page. August topped off with 12,415 words. Take that, April! September made it to 3,620 despite brain power. October and November make one year. O.o

Low writing day last week: 150 (Saturday). High writing day: 582 (Sunday).

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Day 273: 218,198

Well, three fourths of the year, almost one fourth of the goal. With 9,435 words August has flown past May’s total, topped July, is challenging June, and still has a few days left to maybe pass April. I will totally take all the momentum I can get.

Lowest writing day of the week: 96 (Tuesday). Highest writing day of the week: 1,076 (Saturday).