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November 2, 2008 @ 11:44 pm

End of Day Two


This is going well.  I reached 5004 words at about 9:30 tonight.  That’s three words more than three days’ worth, in two days.  I’m very happy with that.

I was also pleased to notice, when I exported what I’ve written so far into a Word document (from yWriter, which is the software I write in) and scanned for red-underlined misspelled words (yWriter has spell-check, but I forgot to use it before exporting) . . . there were more misspelled words than usual, which tells me I was more into actually writing and less worried about double-checking myself the whole time, and indicates that I have, in fact, learned to quiet my inner editor more than I used to.  To me, that is one of the greatest things to bring away from the NaNoWriMo experience.  Well, that, and the fun of knowing you are one of over a hundred thousand people all over the world who are all attempting to do the same insane thing, and many succeed every year!  I don’t know how many people are participating this year, but here are the totals from the NaNoWriMo web site for 1999-2007:

Annual participant/winner totals
1999: 21 participants and six winners
2000: 140 participants and 29 winners
2001: 5000 participants and more than 700 winners
2002: 13,500 participants and around 2,100 winners
2003: 25,500 participants and about 3,500 winners
2004: 42,000 participants and just shy of 6,000 winners
2005: 59,000 participants and 9,769 winners
2006: 79,813 participants and 12,948 winners
2007: 101,510 participants and 15,333 winners

Many thanks to Violet Hill for sharing her NaNo icons.



  1. Comment by thejinx:

    Congratulations on the progress! It’s always nice to build a little buffer at the beginning, and it sounds like your novel is off to a good start. Good luck with the writing and thanks for sharing the NaNo stats. Very interesting to see the numbers.

  2. Comment by lifeischange:

    Thanks, thejinx! The NaNo word count widget is a little slow at updating, it seems, but I also added a Writertopia progress meter thing, so I can watch the stack of pages grow. I’d like to get a bigger buffer, at least during the first week, just to feel more secure. I’m loving the fact that November started on a Saturday this year – and there are five full weekends in NaNo this time!

    Are you participating too?

  3. Comment by behindthecouch:

    hey you how’s it going? fingers sore yet? 😉

    Hope you’re not too highly caffeinated.

    You realise of course that I blame this foolishness entirely on you.

    Those stats are scary… you going to make it to 50,000?

  4. Comment by thejinx:

    Hah! I hadn’t even realized the extra weekend in November. It really is an ideal year for NaNoWriMo.

    I know how you feel about wanting to pad the word count at the start. It’s nice to be able to loosen the guidelines later on, in case something comes up.

    I am indeed participating. I had no plans this last weekend, so I wrote feverishly. What’s your username on NaNo? Feel free to add me to your writing buddies list if you’d like: http://www.nanowrimo.org/user/206284

  5. Comment by David:

    BTW, I added you as an approved reader to my actual therapy blog, which is private due to my being rather too recognizable in the city where I live. It’s at http://www.peskydots.wordpress.com.

  6. Comment by behindthecouch:

    c’mon dude – you can do it!

    If you make it to target by the end of the day – I’ll even send you an excerpt of mine for you to laugh at!


  7. Comment by lifeischange:

    Why, BTC, I do believe you are attempting to give me a kick in the ass! (And yeah, I do need it.) I’ve been figuring I’ll catch up this weekend, but I will give it a really, really good try to do it by midnight . . . though that’s a lotta words in one evening. Let’s see, seven days, should be 11,669, and I’m at 7023 . . .4646 words to catch up. I did 1685 in my first two hours. If I average that same pace, I could theoretically do it in almost six hours. I’ll work on it during my lunch hour today, too. That’ll help.

  8. Comment by behindthecouch:

    you can do it dude! 🙂

  9. Comment by lifeischange:

    Dude! I did it! Not by midnight, but I did it by 1:00 am!

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