I was told today that “NaNoWriMo writers are psychotic.”
Demented maybe, but consider please; I am a writer. My normal daily output is usually somewhere around four thousand words. Usually that’s divided between several projects… both writing and editing.
I don’t usually count all the other extraneous writing I do in the course of a day, but I became curious after all the scribbling I’ve been reading about how those participating in the project are “wasting their time” and how those “words would be better spent elsewhere.”
Curiosity killed the cat.
I created a small utility programme that allows me to turn a counter on and off when I’m typing blog entries, emails and messages on GoodReads, Facebook and couple of other daily communications and networking apps.
Granted that it may be ten words here and fifty there… but I discovered that I cumulatively write somewhere around two thousand words a day.
Writing 1,667 words in a day equals 50,000 in a month.
So, imagine what would happen if you were to take all the words you write between chat and notes and texting and remarks that you make during the course of a day, and focus them on one task.
During the month of November I’ve cut my external commenting down by over half and focused all my writing effort toward one book… the one I committed myself to start writing during NaNoWriMo.
P.S. If my counter is correct, this message, sans title contains 314 words.