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Final October Novel Push Initiative Report

Well October’s Novel Push Initiative has officially CLOSED.  The numbers were truly impressive with a total collective word count of 177,266!   That’s two full length novels in 30 days!  I think we all did a good job establishing better, more consistent writing habits over the course of October.  Of the lot of us, the only one definitely ready for the insanity of NaNo is Julie K., who came in with a daily average of 1710 words!  Consistency Awards for writing every day, no matter what, go to New2writgingirl and Alecia Burke who never failed to turn in a word count.  Shawn Hansen actually hit The End on her WIP.  You go ladies!  Now let’s look at individual breakdowns.

Me:  I was shooting for 500 words a day at the beginning of the challenge and midway through dropped that number to 350 words.

Final total for October: 13,691

That works out to a daily average of 442 words for the total month, but if I look only at the days that I wrote (27 out of 32), I actually have a daily average of 507 words, so I really feel like I met my personal goal.  500 words a day is really my managable, comfortable production level given everything I have going on.  I’ll be pushing the envelope for NaNo during November.  I have about 17,500 words remaining on my novella and 8 lectures left to write for my Theories of Personality class.  Between the two, I should manage 50,000 words.  We shall see.

Merrilee Faber:  NPI veteran, she was shooting for 350 words a day.  She dropped out halfway through with a desperate need for plotting, but she still came in with a Total Word Count of 9320.  She had a daily average of 666 words.  Goal met!

Jeanette Dalgliesh: Shooting for 250 words a day, Jeanette had really consistent production, though she missed a few days (as we all do) due to life stuff.  Her Total Word Count for October was 8959, which works out to a daily average of 289 words.  Goal met!

Francesca Amendolia: Shooting for 350 words a day, Francesca wound up being knocked out by illness.  Her Total Word Count was 10249.  This works out for a daily total of 331 words, 603 words for the days she actually wrote (before she got sick).  I say Goal met!

Rachel Blackbirdsong: Shooting for 250 words a day, Rachel suffered the loss of a close friend and had to leave us.  But before she did, she attained a total word count of 8089 words!  This works out to a daily total of 261 for the month, 506 words a day for her days spent writing.  Goal Met on both fronts!

Julie K: An NPI novice, Julie was shooting for 250 words a day.  But truly, she kicked NPI butt.  Though she bowed out also in need of plotting halfway through, she achieved a Total Word Count of 23,933 words, our highest for the month!  This works out to a daily word count (for days writing) of 1710 words a day.  She is absolutely ready for the challenges of NaNo!

LeaAnn S.: LeaAnn was shooting for 350 words a day.  Despite being felled by the flu, she turned in a total of 14880 words, which works out to 480 words a day.  Goal met!

Stace: Shooting for 250 words a day, Stace bowed out halfway through.  But she still turned in a total of 7523 words!  That’s a daily total of 502 words (for days written).  Goal met!

Magda Ess: Shooting for 250 words a day, Magda turned in a total of 8005 words!  That works out to a total of 258 words a day!  Goal met!

Deniz Bevan: A pal of mine from Mission:Accountability, Deniz was shooting for 250 words a day.  She had a little difficulty with the daily writing thing, but she still turned in a total of 6979 words!  That works out to a daily total of 225 words a day.  Goal not quite met, but she still wrote, so go Deniz!

Alecia Burke: Shooting for 250 words a day, Alecia was a trooper, writing every single day, no matter what.  She turned in a total of 12791 words, which works out to a daily total of 413 words.  Goal met!

Daniele: Shooting for 250 words a day, Daniele turned in a total of 10672 words, which works out to a daily total of 344 words.  Goal met!

Shawn Hansen: Shooting for 250 words a day, Shawn turned in a total of 18914 words and hit The End on her WIP!  Congratulations Shawn!   Her daily word count (for days before The End) worked out to 757 words.  Well done!  Goal met!

Naomi: NPI newb, Naomi was shooting for 250 words a day.  She bowed out with illness, but before she did, she turned in a total of 4550 words, which works out to a daily total of 268 words (before she got sick).  Goal met!

Rene: Shooting for 250 words a day, Rene had a bit of trouble getting going but once she did, she turned in a total of 14734 words!  That works out to a fabulous total of 475 words a day!  Goal met!

Emma D: Shooting for 250 words a day, Emma disappeared about a week ago (not sure why).  But she turned in a total of 5855 words, which works out to a daily total of  189 words (266 words for days reported).  Goal met!

Keri Ford: Shooting for 250 words a day, Keri turned in 10580 words for a daily total of 341 words!  Goal met!

New2writinggirl: Shooting for 250 words a day, N2WG turned in 24786!  Amazing!  That comes out to a daily total of 800 words a day!

I am so proud of all my NPI participants for pushing through when life got them down and getting in those words!  Writing is not easy to juggle with everyday demands and these women totally pulled it off!  Now, on to the NaNoWriMo challenge!

6 thoughts on “Final October Novel Push Initiative Report

  1. Yeah!!! I actually did more words because I would end up writing after I turned in my word count. It was a great exercise and got me writing after a month layoff. Now the tougher month. I’m aiming for 1800 words a day for NaNo.

  2. Thanks so much for hosting this Kait and congrats to everyone! Hopefully I’ll manage to keep writing every other day a least, during NaNoWriMo!

  3. Yes, thanks so much Kait, and thanks for encouraging me to do it. It really has changed my life – I never knew I’d be able to achieve so much in such a short time. Now I’m doing NaNo?! Crazy.

    Could you just let me know how many words I did in total ( you left me out, sniff, sniff). Thanks 🙂

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