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BabsNoWriMo Take 2
October 4th, 2007 by Babs

Back in July I mentioned I was making another attempt to write a particular original story. For reasons mentioned in that post, I kind of got sidetracked. My first thought was to make it a NaNo project, but November is such a horrible month for me, what with the show in Plymouth. Hell, even at last night’s practice I was torn between breaking down (for being at practically every practice since the beginning of the year and still not being able to maintain half of the show in my head), and smacking Ellie (for being a bitch and showing up a month and a half before the show, after being missing all year, and demanding we drop everything to teach her). I ended up breaking down. :(

Anyway, I had decided on making October BabsNoWriMo. So on October 1st I plopped myself down in front of my computer for two hours… and typed approximately 400 words. *facepalm* Definitely a far cry from the 20 pages I had handwritten in two hours, in my notebook back in July. But now I know for certain what I’ve always suspected: the creative juices flow more freely when I’m writing by hand.

So. Tomorrow, after my doctor appointment, I’m heading over to Staples and picking myself an uber large notebook and a pack of pen refills. Then I’m going to kick everyone the fuck out of my room and get some writing done. This means I’ll have to count the words manually in order to keep track. *shrugs* BTW does anyone know how NaNo counts words? I seem to recall it’s different than the way MS Word does. I’m thinking they might use the traditional 5 characters/spaces = 1 word. I may also extend my month by a couple of days to make up for my first day fiasco and that fact that I haven’t been up to writing since this stye acted up. Yeah, I know that’s cheating. I think I’ll survive. :) It’s kind of hard to focus on words when an eye is burning (I won’t even get into how long it took me to write this).

That’s my plan.

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  • dawnmipb writes:
    October 4th, 20071:58 pmat

    I don’t remember how NaNo counts words, but I think you’re on about the characters. Except that I had slightly under 50K the first time I tried to verify when WordPerfect said I was over.

    Depending on your penmanship, you can count five or six words per line, too, if you have to count by hand.

    *cheers you on*

    • Babs writes:
      October 4th, 20072:37 pmat

      Thanks! I really want to get this story out of my head. I’m hoping once it’s out and eventually polished, it’ll be a fun read.

      I can understand the logic of using the traditional 5 character method, as that’s how words have always been counted in typing tests. However since Word, Open Office and Wordperfect all seem to count words the same way as one other and they are the most popular word processors, I think it would make more sense for NaNo to use their methods. It would make counting words manually a whole lot easier, too. *laughs*


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