NaNoWriMo by the Numbers

Celtic Wheel

Wondering how to write 50,000 words in a month? Well, here’s some estimated numbers for you:

  • There are 30 days in the month of November. If you write every day, you’ll need to write 1,667 words per day.
  • On average, 3 to 400 words can fit on a single-spaced page in 12 pt Times New Roman font. That means, you have to write between five to seven pages in Microsoft Word per day to reach your goal.
  • If you skip one day, you need to write 1,725 words per day (or an extra fifty-eight words) to make up the difference.
  • If you skip the three-day Thanksgiving weekend, you need to write 1,851 words per day (or an extra 185 words) to achieve your goal.
  • If, for some reason, you decide to take a week off? You need to write 2,174 words per day to reach 50,000 words. That’s an additional 507 words, or an extra page and a half of text.
  • Edited words will slow your progress because they don’t count as new words. In some cases, you could lose words and put yourself back into the negative territory — SO DON’T EDIT WHILE YOU WRITE.

Though I am not doing NaNoWriMo, I am slogging away. I must. After all, no one else is responsible for my career. . .no one else is going to help you with yours, either. Get the words out, forget about quality woes, and revise AFTER you’ve hit your goal.


    Mood: I am consumed by words.
    Caffeinated Beverages Consumed: Not enough.
    Work-Out Minutes Logged Yesterday: Airport jaunts.
    In My Ears: Going Through The Motions from Once More With Feeling
    Game Last Played: Dragon Age: Origins
    Movie Last Viewed: Looper
    Latest Artistic Project: In progress!
    Latest Release: “Fangs and Formaldehyde” from the New Hero anthology through Stone Skin Press

Monica Valentinelli is a writer, editor, and game developer. Her portfolio includes stories, games, comics, essays, and pop culture books.

In addition to her own worlds, she has worked on a number of different properties including Firefly, Vampire: the Masquerade, Shadowrun, Hunter: the Vigil, Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn, and Robert E. Howard’s Conan.

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