NaNoWriMo 2022: Halfway There… Stress, Corrupted Files & More

Hello everyone.

This is my third update on my NaNoWriMo progress. (Here’s part one and two.)

Here we are. Halfway through the month. Those working on a NaNoWriMo project are either ripping their hair out, crying, or cheering. Traditional NaNoWriMo players should have hit the 25,000 word count by now.

I am not a traditional NaNoWriMo player, at least not this year. This year my goal is not to write as much as I can, it’s to write as productively as I can and I’m doing that by writing to a series of prompts. I wanted to be flexible in my word count. Most of my word count goals weren’t really ‘goals’ as much as they were predictions to how long I thought each of these stories would be. Some were on the money. Others were miles off.

Let’s break down the past week:

Missing A Day Or Two (or three)

Often missing a day or two of writing can feel like dooming yourself to the pile of those poor unfortunates who ‘fail’ NaNoWriMo. Calm down, it’s only a commerical.

Truth is, there is no failure. Missing a day or two of writing is not only inevitable, it’s heathy. I skipped all of yesterday in order to prepare for a job interview, and was doing coursework the day before, so… yeah. Hopefully I’ll catch up. If I don’t, that’s fine too.

As Linkin Park once said, in the end it doesn’t even matter.

What does matter, however, is keeping hold of the work I’ve done so far. Case in point:

Every Writer’s Worst Fear

I think I’ve narrowly avoided a major NaNoWriMo fear: losing all your work.

My Word document was showing signs of corruption. I honestly shouldn’t have been too surprised by this as I’ve noticed in the past that Word documents over 10,000 words are high risk for corruption. I was at 20,000 when I noticed the issue. Pushing my luck right there.

For those who might not have encoutered the issue, essentially Word kept putting random numbers into sentences like so:

An example of corruption in a word document. The sentence reads "We cannot swap," my mama said. "We cannot risk losing our place." The M in mama has been replaced with the number 22.

Why is there the number 22 in the word mama? I don’t know. I didn’t type it and it’s not the only incident of it. There’s also random line breaks popping up everywhere that I can’t delete. Changes in format can be one sign of a corrupted document.

It seems like a minor issue, but eventuallly a corrupted Word document can’t be opened at all. Then it’s bye-bye 50k. (Unless you can fix the problem.)

What I ended up doing was carving up the document into shorter ones which, on one hand, gave me the opportunity to organise what I was doing and, on the other, was prime aging fodder.

I sincerely regret my actions.

I mean I don’t really but it was a pretty depressing and long winded process.

Anyway, I’m mostly on track with most of my prompts attempted, finished, or partially finished. Here’s my progress chart at the moment:

My total word count is: 27, 621

Happy writing to my fellow NaNo participants, and best wishes to my lovely followers.

Talk to you next week.

You read to the end! I tip my hat to you.

If you liked this, let me know 🙂

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