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All my NaNoWriMo word counts to date

Note to self: the 2002, 2004, 2008, and 2009 aren't officially official (read: from my old NaNo profile). 2002 and 2004 are from old blog posts, 2008 is from memory and the novel itself, and 2009 is from memory because for some reason I still remember that word count. I collected these to figure out my 2011 NaNo goal with a theoretical job. That word count is now set. More on that in a minute. Now, the word counts.

2002: 50037
2003: 51992
2004: 52286
2005: 53726
2006: 50170
2007: 54823
2008: 61335
2009: 131014
2010: 300787

Gee, I wonder what year I graduated. And no, that's not a typo for 2006. I finished the story that year, and it's one of my better ones. That doesn't explain why it's still unedited.

If you mentally added up those word counts like I did when I started thinking about it, you might notice that I'm near 800k cumulative words for the first nine NaNos. A million isn't too far away now that I know how much I can really write in a month. In fact, it's 193820 words away. That's my goal for November 2011. Whether I have a job or not, I'm writing at least that many words and will likely aim for 200k. Of course, if I don't have a job, I'm writing 500k. Next year will be my tenth NaNo. It needs to be the best one yet.

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