“Winners” begin being crowned today on the NaNoWriMo website for successfully writing 50,000 words in … 20 days (10 days faster than required!). If you’re one of those overly-ambitious few, first of all, congratulations; that’s impressive! And secondly, reaching 50,000 is no reason to stop writing. I know I’m sounding like a broken record (do people even know what a “record” is anymore? ) by constantly repeating that we should all keep writing after 50,000 words, but I’m mostly doing that to encourage me to continue writing once I reach 50,000. I know it’s going to be hard since Idle Hands is on pace to be about 90,000 words, 50,000 words just isn’t going to cut it. And like I said the other day, but it bears repeating again– one doesn’t publish 50,000 words. One publishes a book. And once you finish your book, where should you publish it? Well, I’m glad you asked. Tomorrow we’ll talk about comparing the top self-publishing firms in an analytic way.
In order for NaNoWriMo to accept your word count you need to cut and paste your manuscript into their word-count validator. Sounds easy enough, but I’m surprised so many writers are so willing to give their hard work to an organization without a second thought. Perhaps I speak from experience, but some of the writers I’ve worked with exhibit hesitancy about sharing their work; and that’s even AFTER a contract has been signed expressly protecting them and their copyrights. No such agreement exists on the National Novel Writing website (at least, not what that I’ve seen, or agreed to).
I personally don’t have those reservations, because I know how official US copyright “works”, but if a certain percentage of our writers have expressed that concern (and that number is lower than the 500,000 writers NaNoWriMo claims to be participating in this year’s adventure), it surprises me that this isn’t more of an “issue” for National Novel Writing Month and its organizers, too.
It’s clear that it has come up from time to time because on their forums, they provide a link to another website that “scrambles” your manuscript for the specific purpose of only providing your word count to NaNoWriMo, rather than a book that makes any sense. But that’s just robbing Peter to pay Paul — or, in this case, giving your manuscript to 3rd-party Website X in order to scramble it for NaNoWriMo. Frankly, I’m surprised that’s even a suggested solution since an author who is worried about such things (which I already said I am not) is probably more likely to trust NaNoWriMo than some nameless third-party “scrambler” website.
Anyway…. here are my NaNoWriMo stats for yesterday, November 19:
|Average Per Day||1854|
|Words Written Today||2231|
|Target Word Count||50,000|
|Target ~ Words/Day||1,667|
|Total Words Written||35242|
|At this rate, you’ll finish||Nov 27|
|Words/Day to finish on time||1,230|
My estimated day of completion moved one day sooner, to November 27th. Of course, now the goal is to to keep it there, or at the very least, prevent it from moving later than the final deadline again…