No fucking way! How I wrote over 200k words in one month. And so can you 8


MarNoWriMo is over. Whew! And what a month it was. I wrote and wrote and wrote and wrote and topped by personal best last July.

So what number did I hit? And how did I do it? I’ll give you the number in a moment. For now, on to how did I do it.

Surprisingly, it isn’t magic. It is a combination of the fact that I write fast – I’m talking, really fast. I average between 1900-2500 words an hour on a normal day. When I’m flying, I can get up over 3000 – And the fact that I challenge myself and have slowly built up my ability to write intensely for days at a time.

I would never suggest someone set such a high goal for themselves unless they are already there. Seriously. I didn’t even set that high a goal for myself. I set 50k for the month. Which quickly changed to 100k as I had 50k done so quickly. By March 13th, I had 100k. Obviously I upped it again.

So how did I do it? Well, first off, let me say that the first ‘NoWriMo I took part in was in July 2012. I was writing, but not nearly as much as I do now. I set my goal for 50k and just barely made it, tugging my hair out, feeling stressed as all get out, and thinking I would never do that again.

Then, Winter of 2012, I did something silly. I created an Erotic Countdown on my blog for the month of December – a new erotic story a day for the month. I asked other authors to partake and thankfully some of them did. But that still left me with 10 stories I had to write. And fast. Strangely enough? They came easily. Looking back, I think JulNoWriMo set me up to challenge myself. It also taught me I could do anything I set my mind to.

In February 2013 I stated an Erotic Countdown website with the idea of a free erotic story to readers once a day. I hoped other authors would be willing to participate, but besides the 1 or 2 that did, it left me writing a story daily. Let me repeat, I was writing an erotic short daily. Now, most of the stories were flash-fiction, but I can’t write that little. LOL I start writing and it keeps going and going and going. So by the time May 2013 came around, I was used to writing 2k-3k per day. Many times more because I was also working on my own books.

So while I had decided the year before that JulNoWriMo would not happen again, when Erotic Countdown was optioned by someone else and I let it go, leaving me July free, well…I thought, what the hell. And since I was already used to writing 2000-3000 words per day, I thought I’d set my goal for 100k. I hit the ground running. Fast. By mid-July I had 100k written and I went on to double it. I ended up just over 206k for the month of July 2013.

What a rush.

I was too busy to do NaNoWriMo, but when March 2014 came up, I thought, What the hell, there is a book I have been wanting to complete. That would be the perfect month to do it in. I didn’t think I would focus on 200k. I was just wanting to finish this particular novel. As writing does, it took a turn. I set my goal for 100k and WHAM! The first few days felt like pulling eye-teeth. Yes, I got stuff written, but it wasn’t coming naturally, which I am used to. About a week into it, I saw something that piqued my interest, a publisher group who was asking for submissions in a specific genre I didn’t even know would sell.

That was the 2nd Sunday in March. By the third Sunday in March, I had three novellas written in a series. By the end of March I had five and part of the sixth.

So how did I do it? Through gradually getting used to writing more and more and more. If I had tried to write 100k 2 years ago, I would have laughed myself silly and probably tried to kill myself in the process. So guess, what? I’m sure you can do it too, if that is your goal. As an example, I’m copying the columns from a worksheet I use during these writing challenges. It keeps me on goal and excited.

So, what was my total? Look and see. You’ll notice I wasn’t writing 10-13 hours a day and I wasn’t killing myself. Hell, I even took 3 days off. (and most of a fourth, seriously, 30 minutes of writing? That cracks me up!)

Date Total Written For Month Hours Spent #of words written Today Words/hour
3/1 5,764 3.00 5,764 1,921
3/2 10,282 2.00 4,518 2,259
3/3 19,612 4.00 9,330 2,332
3/4 22,843 2.00 3,231 1,615
3/5 26,529 2.00 3,686 1,843
3/6 26,529 0
3/7 31,825 2.50 5,296 2,118
3/8 42,333 3.00 10,508 3,502
3/9 48,475 3.00 6,142 2,047
3/10 66,125 5.50 17,650 3,209
3/11 79,447 4.00 13,322 3,330
3/12 96,783 5.00 17,336 3,467
3/13 106,064 4.00 9,281 2,320
3/14 119,540 5.00 13,476 2,695
3/15 133,506 6.00 13,966 2,327
3/16 142,854 4.00 9,348 2,337
3/17 153,738 4.30 10,884 2,531
3/18 157,608 3.00 3,870 1,290
3/19 165,161 4.00 7,553 1,888
3/20 167,547 2.00 2,386 1,193
3/21 174,478 3.00 6,931 2,310
3/22 186,506 5.00 12,028 2,405
3/23 186,506 0
3/24 191,241 2.00 4,735 2,367
3/25 196,317 3.00 5,076 1,692
3/26 203,155 3.00 6,838 2,279
3/27 207,045 2.00 3,890 1,945
3/28 207,045 0
3/29 217,861 4.50 10,816 2,403
3/30 219,063 0.50 1,202 2,404
3/31 225,139 3.00 6,076 2,025

So, there we are 225,139 words written for the month of March 2014. I have plans to partake in JulNoWriMo this year. What will my goal be? Depends on what’s going on in my life right now. But I’d love to pass that 300k mark 😉


8 thoughts on “No fucking way! How I wrote over 200k words in one month. And so can you

  • Natasha Knight

    Can I just say Holy Hell! That is amazing!!!! The most I've ever done in one day is 6K and that impressed me 😉 Very cool Thianna – I want to say congrats because that is quite an accomplishment!

    • Thianna D

      I&#39;m a total pantser if I want the story to just flow. There is a book I&#39;ve been trying to write for over a year. In fact, its the one I planned on completing in March. I knew it would be complex so I spent several months creating backstories for the characters and getting to know everything I could about the place the story takes place so I could just write. <br /><br />At the moment –

  • Normandie Alleman

    That&#39;s incredible! But I think you might want to re-think the &quot;You can too&quot; part. Not everybody has a brain that will do what yours does. (wink!) I write 500 words an hour and there&#39;s no way my brain could THINK as fast as 2000 words an hour much less write…

    • Thianna D

      lol<br /><br />I don&#39;t even think when I&#39;m writing. The words don&#39;t even come to me. It&#39;s more like my fingers write (or type) and the words flow through them. I always say I&#39;m lucky to be the first reader of whatever story I&#39;m writing.

  • Annapurna

    Dear Thianna D,<br /><br />What a lovely triumph. You have achieved an incredible goal. I am very happy for you.<br /><br />I believe Steven King, speaking through one of his characters, admitted to writing, on average, about six thousand words a day.<br /><br />My personal best is two thousand words, two days running. A good output for me is one thousand. Some days it falls to just a few

  • LA Cloutier

    Thianna you&#39;re amazing and much like a few of the others, I am envious. <br />Late at night when the moon is full I will swoop down and steal your word count abilities… Muwah ha ha ha ha!

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