Now, I’ve never been one for math, but I thought I had a good plan for how to organize myself for camping: I have a primary document that includes the full narrative of the novella and I have individual documents for each day. Typically I hand-write for a while each day until I reach a point where I feel I need to stop and type it into the full narrative. I also copy/paste that same text into a daily document. By having the daily documents I can go back and see how much I’ve written for each individual day. Making sense so far?
Caveat: there are occasions where I don’t just type in what I’ve hand-written for that day; sometimes as I’m typing Madame Muse shows up and more gets added or a scene gets changed. There are times even when I end up typing a whole additional new section for the day, which is oh-so-tasty.
However, I just realized today when I added my individual daily bits I am 668 words short of my full narrative document count. When I did the math today
using a calculator, of course, I came up with 15,122 for my total word count. Word, on the other hand, says I have 15, 790.
I must admit that I did not take the time to go back through all 20 individual days’ documents (I went from 1st to 4th April, which seemed correct; to be sure, I’d probably have to compare each individual day to the full document, like a side-by-side comparison. Is it really necessary? I think not…) to see if the totals I wrote down were correct, so it is possible that I messed up somewhere. Since I copy/paste from the full-narrative document into each day’s document, it is possible that somewhere along the line I didn’t copy all of the text I should have for that day. However, having scanned the full narrative and finding no duplicated paragraphs or anything, I am pleased to report that I have reached 90% of my intended total with 11 days to go.
So based on all that, here’s what the Camp NaNo gnomes say about today. Yeah, it looks like I broke out and wrote like a fiend today but actually my count is 851 words. Still, none too shabby.
Average Words Per Day 584
Your Average Per Day 789
Words Written Today 1,519 (not really: 851!)
Target Word Count 17,500
Total Words Written 15,790 (Bad math says 15,122; Word 2010 says 15,790)
Words Remaining 1,710 (will write more, since there is more to be said it seems)
Current Day 20
Days Remaining 11
At This Rate You Will Finish On April 23, 2013
Words Per Day To Finish On Time 156