Anyway, so the topic today is numbers. I've got a few. It's funny how much of our lives revolve around numbers. I could spend hours waxing poetically about the philosophical nature behind numbers, but let's be honest, you're probably not too interested in that anyway...even if it is really cool...
But I digress.
Ok. Let's talk about a few numbers that I'm a fan of.
- 42 -- I mean who doesn't like this number?
- 3 -- Yeah, this number pops up a lot in my life. I have to pull three paper towels from the dispenser at work (yes, it's OCD...I'm a writer and a librarian...deal). One of the gods in my WIP has three eyes. This all could have something to do with being raised Catholic, but who knows. I could just be weird.
- 65,000 -- the average words in a novel according to statistics compiled by Amazon.com. In comparison, A Brave New World hits close to average at around 64,531 words. The longest being War and Peace at over 590,234. Interesting stats, it's easy to find them. Just type the title of a book, add the phrase "word stats" and "amazon.com" to the search and you're guaranteed to pull it up. It also includes readability scale and whatnot.
- 50,000 -- The minimum for NaNoWriMo.
So, why are these numbers important? Well, the first two just because. The last two are actually very important.
As of right now, my WIP#1 is at 46,906 words (according to Scrivener). I have five chapters left. My average chapter length is around 2,000. At the current rate, I will hit 57,000 at the end of chapter 24. Could be more, probably won't be less. Then it is on to revisions.
All in all, not bad considering I had a horrible time in English class as a child.
'Till next time.
Oh, and because my friend Abigail Kern claimed she was going to scour my blog post for any reference to her witty tweets to me earlier...here they are... :D
This arrived first...