Nano 2014: Week 2

Quick status update on the novel. It’s still quite a bit fun to write. My protagonist has little developed character besides shooting evil things in the face, and I kinda regret that, but it’s also kinda nice to just shoot things in the face.

That sounds worse then I intended.

I’m typing on my phone again this year with a wireless keyboard. I’ve done this for each Nano, but this year I’m using Google Docs, whereas in years past I’ve used a couple different word processor apps. I’m not a tech person by any means, so I can’t give you any hard details about what separates Google Docs from other apps, but there are three things that stick out to me. The first being that being able to access my novel from any place without having to transfer files is very convenient. The second is that it gets laggy when there’s about 1200 words on the page, necessitating different documents every day, which is rather inconvenient. The third is that there is no word counter.

I actually love that there is no word count on the mobile version of Google Docs. There are a lot of psychological benefits. I don’t worry about word sprints, I’m not obsessively checking my word count every few minutes, and I don’t feel the need to be “finished” if I hit my word count for the day. I can just write, and I’m usually pleasantly surprised when I check my word count when I get home, and see just how much I got done.

In his pretend life, August Baker is a retail monkey who channels anger and loathing into something vaguely resembling literature. In his real life, he is a Space Pirate.


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