The other night I grabbed four books off the shelf in my room and counted words per line (wpl), lines per page (lpp), pages per novel (ppn) and average words per book (awpb).
Here were my findings -
Snakehead by Anthony Horowitz - 10 wpl/ 30 lpp/ 392 ppn/ 1 17, 606 awpb
Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz - 9 wpl/ 27 lpp/ 243 ppn/ 55,647 awpb
Treasures by Nora Roberts - 10 wpl/ 32 lpp/ 450 ppn/ 144,000 awpb
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - 10 wpl/ 26 lpp/ 452 ppn/ 1 17, 520 awpb
Therefore I deduced that one burst of NaNoWriMo (namely, writing 50,000 words) would be equal to writing a book the size of Anthony Horowitz's Stormbreaker.
April is almost over and so with only five days left until my month long noveling adventure comes to an end, I have finally come to the realization that my novel will not be finished by April 30th.
I have almost reached my word count quota but now seeing just how many words that is I have decided that my April novel must now be split in two and that the end of my heroine's story will have to come in the form of a sequel.
By the time July comes around and the next camp NaNo starts I should have enough words to be able to complete my first book. Book II of The Ashford Legacy will hopefully be started when November comes around.
I plan to write a few thousand words each month in-between the NaNo's so that by the end of 2013 I shall have one 122,000 word novel and one shorter, final 60, 000 word novel.
The figures are daunting but I know I can achieve them. And by the end of the year, I hope to be able to say that I wrote a series. Not something many people do in a year.
Of course it will take a while to revise the first draft of both novels and then some considerable time after that to revise the second draft and the final draft, I am prepared to do it and by thus posting in here, for the whole world to see I can keep myself accountable.
After all Accountability is a wonderful thing.