1630 words. A little disappointed it wasn’t more, I was hoping that writing without constant word counts would help me get away from worrying about the word count and ‘cut loose’ a little, however my first effort came in at just under 1000 and it took two further spells to bring it close to the necessary daily average count to bring in a 50000 word novel by the end of the month.
Obviously word count isn’t everything, but it will be helpful to give me something to build on once the first draft is complete. Part of the reason for doing this is to get away from the notion that the first draft has to be perfect or nearly so (which means some projects have been killed off before they’ve got off the ground) and that just writing for its own sake can bring its own rewards. Which it has – I haven’t plotted this one too much, just relying on the story to propel it forwards and did no character development, but some aspects of the characters are coming to the fore – and nods to the future storyline as well. Another interesting difference from previous attempts at novels is that there’s not a single word of dialogue. Whether there will be at all remains to be seen, but I’m seeing this exercise as a way to shape the outline and I’ll add dialogue in the second draft once I know how important particular passages are.
In short, I’m cautiously optimistic so far, (very) early days yet though. Watch this space.