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Approaching the Halfway Point

November 11, 2010

The halfway point is fast approaching. Within about four days, you should be at exactly 25,000 words or more.

So far, I’ve been quite ahead of each daily goal. I don’t feel the same amount of stress as I have in previous years. No need to guesstimate on word count. Hands don’t cramp up from writing all day. And that leads to not having to write all day to meet individual goals, giving me free time for other things. There are definitely some benefits of writing by way of computer.

However, eleven days in and I’ve run in to some problems. While using Q10, at random times, entire paragraphs would become highlighted and disappear after touching a key. Happens before I know what’s going on. I’ve been an obsessively saving. So, nothing was really lost, but it still enough to give a person a heart attack, losing chunks of something you wrote. Especially during a challenge like Nano where every word counts. Don’t know if the problem lies with the program or my laptop.

My latest problem concerns my laptop. It seems the keyboard on it has decided to go on strike. Stopped working in mid sentence. It has forced me to move on to my desktop until it can be fixed.

Life has a tendency to get in the way, sometimes when you least expect it. What is your progress? Are you ahead or behind the approximated word count for the day? Have you given up or still in the race to meet 50,000 words?

  1. November 11, 2010 12:41 am

    Although I keep telling myself that NaNo isn’t that important and what’s really important is getting the first draft written and ready, I can’t help updating that word count incessantly. So far, I’ve only had one day where I struggled to meet the total and miraculously came up with exactly 1,667. Since then, however, the story has been flowing out. I think the ease with which it is coming could be due to the planning I have done rather than flying by the hypothetical seat of my metaphorical pants. I can only imagine how well it would go if I had done detailed plans.

  2. word2live permalink
    November 11, 2010 2:32 am

    I have the same highlighting-deleting problem with my laptop. 😦 It can be undone in most programs though – but not in write or die. Arrgh!

  3. November 11, 2010 6:30 am

    I’m at 18.6K, working in fits and starts. The book is taking a distinctly different tone than I expected, which is a source of heartburn. Still, I soldier on.

  4. November 11, 2010 4:18 pm

    I’m behind, but that’s because I went away for 3 days. I’m catching up and not stressed, should be over the suggested word count by the end of the weekend. I’ve also started jumping around; for the first week I plodded away in a linear fashion but when I realised I was getting bogged down I jumped ahead to an action bit… and that’s helped spur me on (and I even went back to the bit I was bogged down in and got past it yay!)

  5. November 13, 2010 10:01 am

    I am at 22, 309 words so far. I’m not sure if this story is turning into anything workable but I do like how I’ve been able to keep up and keep writing. Not sure where the story is going but fun to try and work it and see where it goes.

    I tried using Write or Die and it lost 600 words on me so I just do my work in Word now.

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