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 Count: 2,408
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!