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NaNoWriMo Update: Day 2 Recap

Day 2 has been a success! I’m finally out of the “introductory material” and on the cusp of my narrative hook and the beginning of the action. I can’t wait to see how my protagonist grows in the coming scenes. I like her well enough so far, but she needs to toughen up if she’s going to live in the world I’m building for her!

Today’s Word Count2,408

Total Word Count: 6,467

Estimated Writing Time: 2 hours

Feeling: Content, Excited to play with my villain tomorrow

Motivation: Keeping ahead of the recommended 1,667 daily word count

Inspiration: Crafting the perfect physical appearances for my protagonist’s best friend and their boss

Biggest Triumph: Getting right up to the point of my narrative hook

Biggest Setback: When attempting to manually back up my novel, I accidentally saved over one of the files with an older version. By doing this, I lost about 1,400 words. At 9 p.m., I had to decide whether to go on with the story and replace the missing words later or rewrite them before continuing. I decided to rewrite them, and while it did feel like a waste of words, I think the section I rewrote is much better in its second form. Honestly, I’m just glad this happened on Day 2 and not further on.

Helpful Insights: Be careful when manually backing up! It’s easy to confuse which files are saved on your hard drive and which ones are in your cloud or external storage system. Trust me, even if you think you have it all organized, you might just fat finger your way into a mistake. Go slowly and double check everything before you save over any files! But don’t worry — if you do end up rewriting something, it will probably be even better the second time around!

Join me on my NaNoWriMo journey on my NaNoWriMo page or follow me on Twitter @KateMColby for more frequent updates!


9 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Update: Day 2 Recap”

  1. Last year I lost an entire scene’s worth of work, about 1750 words. Turns out, I’d accidentally used the Scrivener key command and had duplicated the scene, and it was saved elsewhere in the project so I was able to recover it. But for a while there, I was completely useless!

    As for backing up, I sync all my Scrivener files through Dropbox, so no matter which computer I’m on, I’ve always got the most up-to-date version, and each computer creates its own backup on the local hard drive. Comes in handy when one is switching between home and office.

    BTW – have fun with the rhyming. I’ve been known in the past to rhyme all my titles with the current day of NaNo (see my archives). It helps keep the fun level up. 🙂

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    1. My Scrivener saves to OneDrive automatically. However, I didn’t realize this — I thought it only saved to my computer for some reason — so I copied over the files from my computer to OneDrive. Luckily, the automatic backup feature had created copies of everything except my opening scene, so I only lost a tiny bit of work. But, hey, at least if I’m going to make a rookie mistake it happened early on! No harm, no foul!

      I’ll have to check out your rhymes. This one just kind of happened, and I just couldn’t stop it lol. Maybe I’ll keep the theme up!

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      1. Yes, always best to have the gotcha happen earlier rather than later! I think I’m going to need to focus a little more; the scene I wrote during Session 2 yesterday might be completely unnecessary, but we’ll see.

        The rhyming got a little tricky when I tried not to repeat myself. I kind of thought that was half the fun. 🙂

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  2. So great to hear that NaNo is going well for you! 🙂

    And good job on rewriting the words you lost. It’s a setback, sure, but like you said, it’s much, much better that it happened earlier than later – I have a friend who did NaNo last year and her hard drive broke down the weekend before November ended. She only managed to save 3000 words, and that weekend she went back and wrote the 47k she’d lost. That’s what I call perseverance. 😉

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