In this case, I’m not talking about meals in a day. I’m talking NaNoWriMo Sprints.
I believe they are designed as a way for NaNoWri-mers to motivate each other to put in the time and come out with a bunch of words.
I’m racing against myself.
I read somewhere, quite long ago, that for many people a 90-minute working stretch is the most profitable period of time to commit to one task. And it’s worked for me for quite a while.
For the purposes of NaNo, and during a very busy November at work and in life, I’ve been aiming for 3 x 30-minutes Sprints a day, writing against the clock, using one of the actions identified in my Writing Down the Page exercise – which is as far as I’ve got with outlining or plotting this baby.
It turns out that my average production rate in a 30-minute stretch is 1,000 words. Work it out. If I managed to do Three a Day, I’d accomplish over 3,000 words, well over the average of daily 1,667 words required to meet the 50,000 word goal by the end of the month.
I’m lucky if I do manage two sprints. But even at that, I might stand a decent chance of making the Finish Line in 13 days.