Today I collected all my past NaNoWriMo word counts to figure out my 2011 NaNo goal with a theoretical job. It was an easier feat than expected thanks to the NaNo site archive, old blog posts, and my memory. In the end I needed to open only one document and run a word count; since I didn’t work on that novel (2008) at all after November, that word count was the November word count.
Here are all my past NaNoWriMo word counts.
Guess what year I graduated. And no, that’s not a typo for 2006. I finished the story that year, and it’s one of my better ones. That doesn’t explain why it’s still unedited.
If you mentally added up those word counts like I did when I started thinking about it, you might notice that I’m near 800k cumulative words for the first nine NaNos. A million isn’t too far away now that I know how much I can really write in a month. In fact, it’s 193820 words away. That’s my goal for November 2011. Whether I have a job or not, I’m writing at least that many words and will likely aim for 200k. Weekends are for catching up, right? Of course, if I don’t have a job, I’m writing 500k. Next year will be my tenth NaNo, so it needs to be the best one yet. Hitting a million total November words is one way of making sure of that.