Crises Averted!

Shield-Nano-Blue-Brown-RGB-HiRes|| I wrote about my approach to this year’s NaNoWriMo but not in terms of my actual workflow.  I have been writing via a combination of Google Docs and Libre Office, and creating a new document for each chapter and or day that I write.  At the end of each day I have been entering my word count into NaNoWriMo to keep track of my word count, but I had not been consistently combining them into a single document.

Late Saturday I finally got caught up and copied all of my chapters into my single master document and found- I was ~3,000 words off in my count. ~3,000 words short.  So instead of having to write 11,700 words in 5 days, I would have to write closer to 15,000 words in 5 days.  It may not seem like much, but 2,000 words a day is a heavy pace for me.  The 3,000 odd words a day was going to be rather daunting.

I had also committed myself to writing for fun, and not just to hit a word count alone.  It was disheartening to say the least.  I was ready to take my foot off the gas pedal, so to speak, and not so much give up as give myself room to fall short while staying true to my overall goal.  A good friend encouraged me to keep trying, and despite obligations keeping me from writing at all on Sunday, I figured, “What the hell?”

I got through 3,000 words today, but before entering them, went through my numbers for the month and found my mistake.  A happy one this time: I missed adding a 2,000 word chapter and a 1,000 word chapter to my master file!  So I am back with in ready striking distance at 41,508 with 3 days left.  With only 2,200 words a day necessary, I’m going to hit both my goals!

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