I've been having loads of fun writing my novel for NaNoWriMo and am now totally obsessed with word counts. The little word count widget I have on the blog sidebar doesn't seem to be working very well for me - it seems a little erratic - so I'll have to keep a note of my word counts as I go.
As I have already bemoaned, my weekend attempt was pretty crud. Having not actually started writing until the 2nd anyway, I did manage to get my fingers going and the word count has become as follows:
Obviously I am still going today, but I have just cranked over 9k so now I am fully committed and have to keep going! In addition to all that heart-stopping news I also now have a title - "Taking the Fast Lane".
I was quite interested to work out how many words per minute I am writing at the moment as this whole process is so totally different to screenwriting. Bearing in mind I am 'making it up as I go along': I had no outline, no characters, no plot - in fact I had nothing until I sat down to start writing on Sunday - my average 'creation speed'* is 500 words an hour or 8.33 words per minute. However, this obviously varies greatly, as I know I managed to write 500 words in 15 minutes yesterday. It amazes me how hard it can be to think up many different ways to depict bad language, smut and loose morals without sounding repetitive. ;) Ho hum.
I must admit, I have never actually checked to see how many words made up any of my screenplays, so I set about looking at them as a little bit of procrastination and an excuse to spend ten minutes away from the ridiculously crass life my novel characters are leading. Needless to say, I was quite shocked when I picked a random short and realised it was only made up of 2,245 words. How very funny.
Anyway, I really should get off and dedicate a couple of hours to 'real' life now, before I re-embark on more 'Novel Hammering' (it's a new game, don'tcha know?) again this evening. All I can say is I am so glad my life isn't as complicated and/or sordid as my 'Novel Lot". *shudder*
Sometimes my brain scares me with it's contents, you know.
*please note this is "raw creation speed" - not typing speed. If it was typing speed I would indeed be looking for another vocation in life.