Since Gary and Kelly have talked about NaNoWriMo, and because I wanted to play with NaNo in the title of a blog post too, I’ll give my two cents.
I admit, I didn’t know this existed until just a few years ago. Because, you know, I’m bad at the internet. Although, in thinking about it, it’s probably a good thing I didn’t know about this when I was first starting out writing novels. For me, it would have been too much pressure to crank out word count that I wasn’t ready for.
When I wrote The Howling Delve, I averaged about 500 words a day, usually less, and that was all I could do without my head exploding. Thankfully, I had eight months to finish the first draft, so I never had to worry about blowing my deadline, but the important fact to remember is that I had a deadline, and people who were counting on me to fulfill my contract. And there was money involved, which is a heck of a motivator. Still, some days those 500 words felt like a mountain I had to climb.
I’ve gradually gotten faster and increased my daily word count, but even at my best, I’ve never done 50,000 words in a month. The thought of it makes me a little light-headed, to be honest. A speedy writer, I am not. But it works as a motivator for some writers, and as the others have said, you should embrace whatever gets you to commit to your story and put the words on the page.