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NaNoWriMo Mantra: 2 K Per Day

2 K a day is makes the NaNo experience as sweet as honey.
2 K a day is makes the NaNo experience as sweet as honey.

My mantra in November is “2 K per day”. That’s the secret to not falling behind and spending NaNoWriMo writing in a blind panic. It’s just a little more than the 1667 words which is what you need to average to win. If you go over 2000 words, you look amazing. And it insulates you against days when you fall short of 2 K. If some days you don’t quite make the 2 K goal, you’ll probably still be on track to win. Here’s the problem with 1667: it’s the minimum number of words per day to get 50 K in 30 days. Never shoot for the minimum! If you do and you don’t make it, then you start falling behind. On the other hand, if you shoot for a number above the minimum and miss, you may still be okay because when you do make the 2 K goal (or exceed it) you get ahead. It’s a psychological trick. Once you get totally committed and locked into the “2 K per day” mentality, daily word counts get less scary. At least that’s the way it works for me. 🙂

Disclaimer: the whole thing of a daily word count just doesn’t click with some writers (and before my first NaNo I would’ve said it wouldn’t work for me, either). Also, some people just seize up under any kind of deadline. NaNoWriMo definitely isn’t for everyone, but it’s a good way to make a fast start on a book if you do find you’re compatible with the pace and goals. And I’m proof that you really won’t know until you try it! 😉


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.

One thought on “NaNoWriMo Mantra: 2 K Per Day

  1. I’ve also embodied the 2k per day mentality. Just those extra 300-400 words are such a great cushion and ego booster. I missed the 2k mark for the first time yesterday (only by a few dozen), and while it kind of stunk, it felt great to know that I was still ahead of the NaNo pace and my own. Good luck with the rest of November!

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