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Old 02-01-2013, 01:21 PM   #1
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What's the most words you've written in a month?

So I started my latest book on January 5th. 110,463 words later, on January 31st, I completed the first draft. I don't think I'll ever write another one that fast, but it was fun to go all out with every second of my spare time and quite a bit of my sleep time. I also wrote 10,000 words on another book the first four days of January for a total of over 120,000 words written. Pretty sure my family won't let me neglect them that much again. Providing they're still around. *looks away from the computer* Sweetie? . . . Kids? . . .

So I was wondering what's the most everyone else has written in a month. My previous best was 60,000
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Old 02-01-2013, 01:56 PM   #2
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Excellent. I did 53,000 words last May.
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:58 PM   #3
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50,028 for NaNoWriMo a few yrs back.
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:29 PM   #4
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During NaNoWriMo a few years ago I think I topped out at about 65k or thereabouts [I actually finished about a week early, though]. Also, it wasn't during a full month, but I hit 63k during a 4-week period.
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During NaNoWriMo a few years ago I think I topped out at about 65k or thereabouts [I actually finished about a week early, though]. Also, it wasn't during a full month, but I hit 63k during a 4-week period.
I finished on Nov. 28th that year when I got my 50,028 and I'd gotten off to a slow start to boot.
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:34 PM   #6
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I'm jealous! Looking back, I think I made about 40..45k words while writing the end of my second novel - but that seems like such a long time ago now, I'm happy when I make half that. Sometimes it's other commitments, sometimes it's just that it refuses to come (whatever "it" is).
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:20 AM   #7
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Jeeze, I've been trying to track my output and thought I was doing reasonable at 15K for January, (even though that is only half of what I'd hoped -- am trying to crank it up). And it is divided among many different pieces both non-fiction and fiction.

and congratulations John! Well Done!
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:53 PM   #8
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I finished around 80,000 words last August. It was by far one of the biggest feats I have accomplished as a writer- and one of the most exhausting. But I love writing. When you truly get involved in something so deeply, it's hard to pull away. It turns into an addiction. And I think the words fit together more easily, when you're that involved. The story flows at a rate that barely allows you to think- yet alone second guess the plot you're creating. I enjoy it!
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:04 AM   #9
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I think the most I've done for one story line was about 30,000. I try to find a balance between my writing, my kids, and my husband who wants me to play online games with him. It's not always easy, so my average is probably half that.
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:14 AM   #10
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I mainly write short stories, but I think around 40,000 - I haven't written as much since.
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I managed 61,100 for NaNoWriMo last November, but also wrote a short piece of 1,700 words in the month, so just under 63k in all. Great fun, but it was like a short circuit in my mind, which went pretty blank in December!

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I did 50,300 (or so) in NaNoWriMo some 3 or 4 years ago though it did not come to anything in the end...
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Well you may not have sold anything from it, but every piece of writing you do makes you better.
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Well you may not have sold anything from it, but every piece of writing you do makes you better.
Now you've done it. I've got Monty Python running around inside my head singing: "Always look on the bright side of life ..."
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Now you've done it. I've got Monty Python running around inside my head singing: "Always look on the bright side of life ..."
"Oh, you'll feel no pain as we drive you insane, look on the sunny side of life!"
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