NaNoWriMo 2007: Breaking Down the Numbers

NaNoWriMo 2007 ParticipantI attended the Lake County, Ohio NaNoWriMo kick-off meeting after dinner this evening. There were only four of us in attendance, but I enjoyed meeting a couple of new WriMos and talking to other people who were excited about getting to work on Thursday.

WriMos always talk about the 1,667 words we need to write each day in order to cross the finish line on 30 November but Betsy, the Lake County Municipal Liaison, broke the numbers down a little more: if you can type 50wpm (and I’m pretty sure I can manage that), it will take less than 34 minutes to complete those 1,667 words. At 70wpm, the daily allotment requires about 24 minutes, and at 90wpm, it’s a mere 18 and a half minutes.

Looking at the numbers another way, the writer who can consistently type at 90 words per minute needs only 9 hours and 26 minutes to complete their novel. Nine hours out of thirty days doesn’t seem like all that much of an investment, does it?

Ah, if only it were so simple.