Over 500 Words LOST!

Tell me some of you other writers have done this!?!  I wrote over 500 words on Friday, logged back in yesterday only to find Word (and I) didn’t save any of it!!  Ahhhhhhhhhh…..

I’ve actually never had this happen to me.  Generally, Word will autosave every 10 minutes or so.  I’m not entirely sure how it happened this time that it didn’t.  After some thought, I wondered if maybe I accidentally opened a “autosaved” past version and it saved over the old one.  Whatever the case, I lost it.

So.  Now I’m struggling to get back into the flow of the story.  I had finished a very intense scene.  To me, it’s like writing a long, in-depth email to someone and losing it.  You can’t go back and pour your heart out a SECOND time.

I’m doing my best to think of it more as, well, that was my first draft.  Now I’ll rewrite the scene as I may with a “second” draft.  Still frustrating though.  Anyone have any suggestions on how to ‘recreate’ the intensity of a scene that you’ve lost?

Aside from that minor setback, I’m flying through this story.  I’m only about 15,000 or so away from the end, roughly.  Which might be why losing a chunk of it was difficult to swallow!

Anyway, thanks for letting me vent this fine Monday morning!  I’ll stop procrastinating and try to get back into it.  Have a great week everyone!

New Novel Word Count:  43,000 (ish)


Join the Club

I’m so excited!  I finally sent in my application to join the Romance Writers of America and I can’t wait to start going to meetings.  I’ve been wanting to join for a long time, I’ve even mentioned it here, but hadn’t really made the leap yet.  But after receiving my yearly bonus, I decided – it was time.  I needed to start this year off right.

As if another sign was necessary, I checked out my local chapter and their upcoming meetings.  To my amazement, I read that next month, they have a day long workshop with TWO Harlequin editors.  If that wasn’t enough to get me to sign up, I don’t know what would be!

I’m thrilled to have these opportunities.  Thank you for all the positive comments on my earlier posts about this.  It really helped pave the road to finally jumping into this!

On another note, I’ve really started picking up the pace over the last 6 months on my novel.  I’m still not near what I want to be regarding word count, but I think I’m powering along nicely.  For some reason, it’s gotten a little smoother, writing about my fantasy man.  I’m sure there’s a good reason for that, but for the life of me, can’t put my finger on it….

Maybe the light bulb will go off when I drift off tonight…

New Novel Word Count:  35,750