Regular NaNoWriMo: Not as Much Fun as You Thought…

Yesterday, I wrote a blog post called “Reverse NaNoWriMo: A Helpful Tool for Winning NaNoWriMo” and realized that this could be the tool for wining the NaNoWriMo word count. Now, we’re going to switch things around and see what happens if you stick to the recommended minimum word count of 1,667 words.

Here we go.

NaNoWriMo, Week 1
Day 1 – you will start with 1,667 words. (Easy, huh? But you will regret walking into that trap later on.)
Day 2 – 1,667 words.
Day 3 – 1,667 words.
Day 4 – 1,667 words.
Day 5 – 1,667 words.
Day 6 – 1,667 words.
Day 7 – 1,667 words.
Total words written for Week 1 of NaNoWriMo: 11,669 words. (Well, that’s not too bad, right?)

NaNoWriMo, Week 2
Day 8 – 1,667 words.
Day 9 – 1,667 words.
Day 10 – 1,667 words.
Day 11 – 1,667 words.
Day 12 – 1,667 words.
Day 13 – 1,667 words.
Day 14 – 1,667 words.
Total words written for Week 2 of NaNoWriMo: 11,669 words. (Add that number to week one and you would have written 23,338 words so far. Feeling burned out yet?)

NaNoWriMo, Week 3
Day 15 – 1,667 words. (Halfway day! By now, you have written 25,005 words, which is more than what most people have written so far! Had you tried the Reverse NaNoWriMo Method, you would have written 38,623 words around this day, which is 13,618 words more than the amount of words you have pounded out so far. But keep at it.)
Day 16 – 1,667 words.
Day 17 – 1,667 words.
Day 18 – 1,667 words.
Day 19 – 1,667 words.
Day 20 – 1,667 words.
Day 21 – 1,667 words.
Total words written for Week 3 of NaNoWriMo: 11,669 words. (Add that to weeks 1 and 2 and you have written 35,007 words. I can tell you’re telling yourself “I could do better”. I hear you.)

NaNoWriMo, Week 4 (The Home Stretch)
Day 22 – 1,667 words.
Day 23 – 1,667 words.
Day 24 – 1,667 words.
Day 25 – 1,667 words.
Day 26 – 1,667 words.
Day 27 – 1,667 words.
Day 28 – 1,667 words.
Total words written for Week 4 of NaNoWriMo: 11,669 words. (Add that to the last 3 weeks and you have written 46,676 words. You’re almost there!)

NaNoWriMo, Week 5 (Well, it’s only the last 2 days in November, but the competition is still going. Don’t stop now!)
Day 29 – 1,667 words.
Day 30 – 1,667 words. (You’ve got one day left, so make it count!)
Total words written for Week 5 of NaNoWriMo: 3,334 words.

So, let’s put it all together:

Week 1: 11,669
Week 2: 11,669
Week 3: 11,669
Week 4: 11,669
Week 5: 3,334
Total words written: 50,010
Total words written if you used the Reverse NaNoWriMo method: 50,700

Well, I’m beginning to understand why I have never finished writing a NaNoWriMo novel; it’s because I’ve focused so much of my energy just trying to get the bare minimum instead of enjoying my writing time. I already know I’m going to use the Reverse NaNoWriMo method this time around, as me trying to reach 2,000 words daily isn’t going to cut it anymore.

I’ll be back with another blog post!

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