An Experiment Within an Experiment

All right, it’s Day 6 of NaNoWriMo and I’m still writing. Yay!

So far my word count is at 15,153 words. Split up by day:

Day Words Written
1 4510
2 1975
3 3538
4 1701
5 1688
6 1741*

*and counting!

To reach 50k words in 30 days, you must average 1,667 words a day. I’m treating this as a daily quota, trying to write more than this on every day.

So far the story is developing pretty well. And by pretty well, I mean that it’s developing much differently than I expected. Part of the reason is that I did not think of a full, detailed plot before writing this one, as I did for my previous novel-writing attempt. For my current novel, I just gave myself a theme, a bunch of topics, and a general direction, and I started writing.

By the way, I’m conducting an experiment, just for curiosity’s sake, to find out when and where I’m the the most productive in writing. So I am keeping notes of when and where I write each segment. For those of you who follow this blog, you would know that NaNo itself is an experiment, so this is sort of an experiment within an experiment.

So here is a much more detailed progress table:

[Edit: For some reason the table is too wide and the right-most column is partially cut off by the sidebar. It’s the Words Per Hour column.]

Session Day Start Time End Time Duration Words Location Words/Hour
1 1 12:00 AM 3:00 AM 3:00 1680 Dorm 560
2 1 8:20 AM 9:30 AM 1:10 1336 Dorm 1145
3 1 9:55 AM 10:10 AM 0:15 209 Phillips Hall 836
4 1 1:10 PM 2:10 PM 1:00 582 Dorm 582
5 1 10:20 PM 11:35 PM 1:15 703 Dorm 562
6 2 2:45 AM 3:00 AM 0:15 227 Dorm 908
7 2 10:45 AM 11:10 AM 0:25 204 Dorm 490
8 2 3:25 PM 3:40 PM 0:15 113 Lincoln Hall 452
9 2 4:40 PM 5:10 PM 0:30 459 Uris Library 918
10 2 6:50 PM 8:00 PM 1:10 678 Dorm 581
11 2 8:40 PM 9:20 PM 0:40 232 Dorm 348
12 2 10:30 PM 10:35 PM 0:05 62 Dorm 744
13 3 2:00 PM 3:15 PM 1:15 798 Dorm 638
14 3 3:30 PM 4:40 PM 1:10 918 Dorm 787
15 3 6:15 PM 6:20 PM 0:05 55 Dorm 660
16 3 7:00 PM 8:30 PM 1:30 750 Dorm 500
17 3 8:40 PM 8:45 PM 0:05 36 Dorm 432
18 3 9:50 PM 11:50 PM 2:00 981 Dorm 491
19 4 10:05 AM 11:25 AM 1:20 1008 Math Library 756
20 4 3:20 PM 3:50 PM 0:30 331 Dorm 662
21 4 7:50 PM 8:00 PM 0:10 165 Dorm 990
22 4 9:15 PM 9:20 PM 0:05 82 Dorm 984
23 4 9:35 PM 9:45 PM 0:10 115 Dorm 690
24 5 11:30 AM 12:10 PM 0:40 573 Uris Library 860
25 5 1:25 PM 2:05 PM 0:40 509 Uris Library 764
26 5 3:40 PM 4:10 PM 0:30 324 Band Hall 648
27 5 10:20 PM 10:45 PM 0:25 282 Dorm 677
28 6 3:05 PM 4:45 PM 1:40 1718 Olin Library 1031
29 6 5:20 PM 5:25 PM 0:05 23 Appel Dining Hall 276
30 6 7:25 PM ? ? ? Olin Library ?

As a math person, I should probably be analyzing and pointing out nice results in this, but I’m planning to write more words! I’m in Olin Library at the time of this blog post, as implied by the last line of the table.

I have a very busy week coming up, marked by two prelims, a 2000-word essay, two 1500-word essays, AND a band trip (the only one of the things I just listed that I’m actually looking forward to!). This means I might fall behind schedule for the next few days. Fortunately I am three days ahead in word count right now (yay!), so I have room for slacking. I’ll try to maintain a steady quota though. Let’s see how this will work.

2 thoughts on “An Experiment Within an Experiment

  1. please do analysis on this! <.<; it should be fascinating. (Or if you have time, do it at the end with enough data and maybe I'll consider using it to try NaNo next year!)

    Good luck!

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