NaNoWriMo by the Numbers

Now that I have completed the 30-day NaNoWriMo challenge, here is a look at what I did “by the numbers”.  If you ask me, it’s pretty impressive:

  • 61,131 words in 30 days. That’s an average of 2,037 words/day
  • Wrote on 25 out of 30 days.  If you count just those 25 days, I wrote an average of 2,445 words/day
  • Wrote every one of the first 21 days without a break
  • My single best day: Friday, November 12 with 3,862 words
  • My single worst day: Sunday, November 21 with 1,875 words
  • I finished the month 11,121 words ahead of NaNoWriMo pace
  • At my high point on November 21, I was 17,027 words ahead of NaNoWriMo pace
  • I spent a total of 46 hours at the keyboard doing actual novel writing
  • That’s an average of 1,327 words/hour, or about 5 manuscript pages

Now consider that in addition to this, I also:

  • Wrote 6,621 words of short fiction during this time

That brings my total fiction for the month of November to 67,652 words.  That is utterly mind-boggling to me and it tells me that if I put my mind to it, I can write every single day

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.