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Why Writers Are Not Mathematicians

09 Apr

Rachel: “This is why we write. We like English, not math!”

So, usually as I’m writing for NaNo, I pause every once in a while and highlight the words I had written for that particular session to see how far along I am. Let’s use today for example. Rounding the numbers, I was at about 7000 words, a little ahead of my daily goal, and I needed about 500 to reach today’s goal. You with me so far? Okay, so I wrote for a bit, then paused and saw that I had about 200 words, which would logically make my NaNo total about 7200 words. However, upon seeing the whole of my NaNo, I apparently had about 7450 words for it.

… What? How does that even remotely make sense? How did my 200 words turn into an increase of 450 for the story? Which count do I believe?

On one hand, I’m like, “Hey, I only need about 50 more words!” On the other hand, I know I did not write that much just yet. For NaNo’s sake, where it counts the story as a whole, I’m going to update my word count based on the amount of words my Word program claims my novel has rather than just add on my daily count to the previous scores. I just hope the NaNo validator at the end of the month agrees with my Word document!

Happy blogging, everyone!

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2 responses to “Why Writers Are Not Mathematicians

  1. littlediva96

    April 9, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    It would be a nightmare if it didn’t… wouldn’t it?

    Excuse me… I have to go fill up my glass. 😛

    -Jordan

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    • Kris P.

      April 9, 2013 at 10:40 pm

      If the validator doesn’t see that I’ve written 25k by the end of the month, then I suppose I would just have to continue the story until it does. 😉 Maybe the validator is just being sneaky that way.

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