NaNoWriMo is an awesome way to get people who are not professional writers to start thinking in terms of writing every day. The ‘contest’ is set up for people to try to write 50k words in 30 days, which is about 1667 words a day for the entire month of November.
Looking at the NaNoWriMo participant word counts, I was reminded of the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) for vitamins and minerals — on every cereal box I had growing up, and the RDA figure was seemingly in every food ad on television back in the 70’s. I know it has nothing to do with writing except for the ‘recommended daily’ part. Strange how our brains make associations.
I tried to look up images for RDA, which was part of an FDA (Food and Drug Administration) plan to get people to eat right. Now, they just provide ‘Nutrition Information’ and ‘Percent Daily Values’, but nothing that uses the word ‘recommended’ anymore. I couldn’t find anything specific to the old acronym, but I found a host of other things that use the RDA letters — and there are even more if I open it up to international uses of the letters.