For the fun of it, I decided to run some numbers while I wait for the muse to stop sulking. There is a difference of approximentally 66,000 words between what I have written, and what I should finish writing. THat's just over one Nano session, right? Let's break it down further:
I have written for six NaNo challenges, and have four novel length projects not done during NaNo.
In terms of novel-length projects (including NaNo's) I have approximately 283,000 words written total.
-The Centre 2
-Passage of Rights
-To Be the Last
I also have several novel-length projects that I'm currently working on, as well as plans for April's NaNo this year.
Altogether, that's an estimated 197,000 words to go.
-The Centre 2
-April 2014's NaNo
Just for kicks and giggles, I ran the numbers on my prompt-based writings. Some were time-limited, others were not. Additionally, some are a part of a thematically/story related collection.
Novel related: 21
Fest/SCA related: 14
Courtly Matters: 45
Caravi's story: 54
Unrelated others: 101
Short stories: 2
If you stop and consider the fact that on average, the time prompts average around 500 words each, and anything not time is longer than that, the bare minimum possible for prompt writing alone (not short stories) is 117,500 words. Add the two short stories, and you're looking at an additional 97,834 words for a total of 215,334 non-novel words.
Let's stop and consider that I once had a phase of writing fanfiction before I figured out how to write on my own. Additionally, I also have the odd moment of poetry.
Total fanfiction pieces: 35
Total fanfiction word count: 18303
Poetry pieces: 12
Average those to about 150 words per poem (ie: making a wild stab by eyeballing the pieces) and you get
Total poetry word count: 1800
I'm fairly sure that I've missed pieces here and there, but on average... what does that actually look like when everything currently on the writing pile is completed?
Short Stories: 97,834
Current works in progress, when completed: 197,000
Logistically thinking, I'm only 286,363 away from having written a million words after my current writing projects are finished.
Assuming that I write only during NaNo seasons, of which there are three per year, that's five years worth of NaNo seasons of exactly 50,000 words each, and one camp with a goal of only 36,363 words.
Assuming a non-NaNo focused approach, I can write 500 words in a ten minute stretch on a good day. Broken down, that's 50 wpm.
In order to reach a million words (after finishing the current works in progress), I'd need about 95 hours total at my current rate. I could write for 24 hours straight, and be done in just over 4 days
However, because I am human and need time to eat, drink and whatnot, I could also put in twelve hour days and be done in just under 8 days.
So..... writing goals...
197,000 words across four current novels.
286,000 words across who knows what
483,000 words to go.
161 hours of writing.
13 or 26 days total.
How many notebooks is that? Only 35 at ten cents apiece when they're on sale, for a grand total of $3.50.
Totally doable, right? $3.50 and a few hours to reach 1 million written words.
If only the world worked that way!