I did the math. NaNoWriMo for me is, um, basically unattainable?
I know, I know. I'm a pessimist, but building myself up and telling myself lies has never really worked for me. But, really, take a look at this. I was able to figure out just how hard it would be.
I downloaded and completed the number-y part of Sarra Cannon's Preptober Planner. I started by crossing off the days that I know I'm not going to write, which is five days during Thanksgiving and three "buffer" days. To have any hope of making progress, I need to write on the weekends.
But, even if I write on the weekends, I am SLOW. I estimate I write 250 words in 25 minutes, my ideal sprint time. If that remains true and I do all the math, I will have to write 200 sessions, which is 100 hours. 100 hours divided by 23 (the number of days I have to write) means I need to write over four hours a day.
That doesn't sound like much. But it's so much!
I can get started at 5:30, stop at 6:30 to get the kids ready for school. I drive them out there around 8:15 and don't get home until about 9:15 (yes, it's almost a half hour commute). I leave to pick them up at 2:15, and I usually don't write after they get home.
So 5:30-6:30 and 9:15-2:15 gives me six hours if I don't do anything else like walk the dog, house work, admin work, etc. Every day. And that assumes I don't need "thinking" time and that I don't get stuck.
I always get stuck. 37,000 words in every single book. I hit that point and have to start over from the beginning.
So, I suppose that's my real goal. It would be great to get to 37,000 words before the end of the year. It would be great just to get back into the writing habit.
Plus, it helps that today was a great day. 2,272 words in 7 sessions.
1,000 words is a good day for me.
Anyway, I'll see how this goes. If anything, I can really look at my words-per-session number and see if it still averages to 250.
Wish me luck!