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NaNoWriMo Day 3: Dialogue and Fun With Numbers!

Yesterday was a dialogue day. Today, Day 3: the plot is rolling and the numbers are zooming up. I like these early fast days because the stats on the NaNoWriMo site look so amazing. Great daily numbers, great daily average, and then there’s the Two Most Encouraging Stats: Words Per Day To Finish On Time and At This Rate You Will Finish On. This is why big numbers at the beginning are really good. Every day you go over the average daily number of  1667, you lower the number of words per day you need to write to finish on time AND it lowers the number of days you need to write, too! In three days I’ve lowered my daily word count needed to win by 100 words. Then there’s that seductive predictor that if I keep writing at this rate I’ll finish on November 20th! That’s crazy, right? Uh, no. The two previous years I did NaNo I finished in 21 days and 22 days. I credit that little statistic with me being able to do that. Because I did write a lot of words and it didn’t kill me and I thought, Oh I can do this. I can even finish early. And I did. I may not always be able to finish a week early, but that stat is a wonderful motivator. 😀


Ainy Rainwater has been writing and publishing short stories, essays, and novels in various genres for about 30 years. She lives in the greater Houston area with her husband and rescue dogs. She enjoys reading, writing, playing guitar and percussion, gardening, knitting, tea, baking and other kitchen improvisations, daydreaming, and wasting time online. Her novels are available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Kobo, Smashwords, and other bookstores. She is presently working on a chick lit fantasy series as well as a number of side projects, including a sequel to If Wishes Were Spaceships, a science fiction novel published in March 2016. Her most recent fiction and works in progress are regularly posted to her subscribers on Patreon. She is also known for the digital pop which she makes under the name Gymshoes. "Everest Sunrise" was featured in the documentary What It Takes. After hurricanes Katrina and Rita she released an EP of songs, A Tropical Depression, the profits of which go to benefit the American Red Cross. Gymshoes albums are available from iTunes, Amazon, and other online stores. For more about Gymshoes music, please see, which has liner notes, links to social media, streaming music, and much more. You can find the author on Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads, and Twitter. She occasionally contributes to the group food blog, The Usual Suspects: and posts short miscellaneous things on The Mighty Microblog: A Truant Disposition, is Ainy Rainwater's official author site.

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