24 Nov

Verifying a novel written by hand for NaNoWriMo

From the NaNoWriMo Novel Writing Guidelines FAQ. This would be for me, who gave up tens of pages ago on the notion of typing this thing in. Better to type the next draft. I’ll be a smarter keyboard monkey, then, too.

Good old Lorem Ipsum. (I used to work with her sister, my dear friend Loren, who only spoke highly of her.)

How do I verify if I’m writing by hand?

Invoke the Luddite Clause!

What you do is write your 50,000 words, then have someone you trust verify that it is, indeed, 50,000 words. Then using something like theĀ Lorem Ipsum generator, submit a file of the exact number of words of your handwritten manuscript to our word count validator.

So I’m keeping a Word doc up to date, word count-wise, with a draft for a very long future contract with myself written in nonsense Latin. Currently, I’m at 140 pages and an estimated 40,100 words, at about 286 words per page. That’s a conservative estimate, based on lines per page and average words per line from sample line counts.

2 thoughts on “Verifying a novel written by hand for NaNoWriMo

  1. Heinlein, I think it was in Grumbles from the Grave, mentioned hiring students to word count his ms. page by page, and sending in an exact word count. That surprised me, ’cause I’d always heard that you just assumed 400 wpp and sent in a round number.

    • 400 wpp can be done on the cheapo college-ruled notebooks I’m using (which seem to trash pens–not sure exactly what’s in this paper but pen manufacturers aren’t keeping up) if I write essentially a block of text, but paragraphs end and some are a string of dialog only, so it’s probably closer to 300 wpp and I’m estimating a bit lower so I don’t feel like I have to fudge. I’m starting to feel like it’s about underwriting and overdelivering. You know, like real life work.

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