Word Count: 14,562 (I’m behind!). Here’s the video…with text below.
I had this request from @sheetalMakhan on Twitter “Hi! In ur next vid, if poss could u pls share a bit more about how u save ur work & do wordcount (daily?) etc :0)”, so here goes. (Please feel free to email / tweet me more questions!)
- I have been writing on the train on my Dell Mini 9 Netbook, just onto Wordpad (basic typing only). Then I put the saved doc on a USB key and add it to my master file on my big Laptop at home. I don’t delete anything, I have just been writing without fear!
- I have also now printed what I have done – not to edit, but rather to read and fill in the gaps. I know the whole story now, but not the details. I guess I have written the outline that I should have done before November!
- Re actually doing my word count, it has certainly not been daily! I have sporadic bursts more than anything. I am also suffering this week as I am moving house and it is draining energy and time (and don’t forget the day job!). But basically I just type away merrily, whatever comes into my head. As mentioned before, I am treating this as a “really crappy first draft” (see Anne Lamott ‘Bird by Bird‘ for more on this – great book!). No one will see what I write this month, as I intend to rewrite, research and improve this over the coming months and make it a viable thriller novel.
- I have also lost track of characters and timelines this week. This post by Scott Westerfeld on Meta-Docs has really helped me as it shows that established authors also have this problem unless a separate document is kept.
Back in a few days with some more updates. How’s your NaNoWriMo going?