Mirror Image: The Beginning

It took a while for me to actually get going, but once I got out of the starting box I was quick to pick up the pace and get some mileage behind me. On my first day of NaNo, I’ve already worked out a bit of a system that seems to be working quite well for me. I’ll share my secret in case it’s something other writers can utilise.

I have a Gmail account – doesn’t everyone? Gmail has a section called Documents and in October I did all my planning in there because I have access to it anywhere I go and I sometimes find myself able to “be naughty” during business hours and work on my planning. 😀

This month, I plan to use that spare time at work to write, because let’s face it, every spare second counts when you’re on a tight schedule. Anyway, I have Mirror Image saved as a Gmail document, but I don’t actually write in that document. Be patient, I’m getting there…slowly. I use Word at work and at home. I write in Word all the time, because I’m used to the program and don’t have to spend time trying to work out how anything works when using it. So…I write a page in Word and then I transfer it over to Gmail. I then return to Word and keep writing. I write another page and transfer it and so on.

This works for me because the writing I transfer into the Gmail document is no longer seen by me, which means it’s no longer seen by my inner editor. Yes, this means I don’t feel the need to edit, edit, edit. I admit that I still do a bit of editing when I’m writing that page. I simply cannot help it. If there’s a spelling mistake and I spot it, I just have to fix it. It’s like listening to a dripping tap if I don’t. It drives me crazy. However, the editing I’m doing is much reduced by this transfer method. My word count for today proves it. I’ll wait while you go and take a peek.

See! It’s a sure thing method. I certainly am happy with my effort and I found the writing quite easy. But it’s only day one and I guess that will change sometime soon.

I could have kept writing too, but I don’t want to exhaust myself too early in the month so figure it’s in my best interest if I go and relax as soon as I’ve finished this post. Who knows, tomorrow might be like pulling teeth and I might need the energy. Then again, tomorrow might be just like today. I hope so. How’s everyone else going?

My NaNo Progess:

Today’s Word Count: 2,416

Mirror Image – 4.9% Complete

2,416 / 50,000

2 thoughts on “Mirror Image: The Beginning”

  1. 2,426? Great. I’m sitting at 1019, with some writing time still left for this evening. It was really slow going at first, and I panicked, but I feel pretty good right now.

    I use Google docs, and have a copy of the novel there, one on my hard drive at home, and one on my usb drive. Can’t have too many copies!

  2. You’re right, you can never have enough backups of your work.

    Keep pumping out the words, Paul. I’ll be visiting your website often to check on you. *grin*


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