By guest blogger John Van Natta
Twice while attempting to reach the 10K Day goal of 10,000 words I suffered the agony of defeat. Despite my failure I was given praise and even kudos from Milli and fellow participants for my valiant attempts. The encouragement smoothed my feelings, but I still wanted to reach the 10K goal.
Following Milli’s guidance I was able to achieve my goal. During this process I learned a couple of things that could be beneficial to you.
Two days before the 10K Day event, I was working on my computer. I use a wireless mouse, which I have taken for granted. While typing away, the batteries in my mouse started to give out and soon were totally dead. It was only then I realized I had developed a dependent relationship with my mouse.
I was now out of commission for finishing my document. I searched around the house for some AA batteries. Finally, I gave up and drove to town to make the purchase.
Whew! I was glad they didn’t go dead two days later. I doubt I would have reached my goal of 10K if my mouse had died during the event. I now keep extra AA batteries in my desk drawer.
My computer is set for automatic backup whenever I am typing documents. I also have a total backup system on my computer, set to back up all data onto an external disk drive each night. I was typing away on my 10K story. I had reached the 8K mark and knew that I was going to achieve success. It was at this time my Microsoft Word program blinked a couple times and then disappeared from my computer screen.
I reopened Word but the document I had been typing on all day was nowhere to be found. Great excuse for not reaching my goal, but who would believe that tale? I gave thought to starting over—but how would I be able to reconstruct such a great group of profound words for this exceptional story?
I spent some time attempting a recovery act. I was partially successful: I found an earlier version where I had reached 4,800 words and I was able to retrieve it. At least now I had only lost about 3K and I still had time to achieve my 10K goal.
I gave myself fifteen more minutes to work on my computer before I would abandon all hope of a full recovery. In about ten minutes I was able to recover the document containing the full 8K. I continued with my story and I did achieve 10,758 words.
To avoid this problem in the future I am setting my computer to back up my documents more frequently. I am also considering using a flash drive (memory stick) to back up my novel. I think a good time to make a backup would be just before going on the scheduled breaks.
I laughed to myself later when I read my story. I had to admit that my recollection of the profound wording that I thought was on my document was much superior to the words I had actually typed.
Editor’s note: I was lucky enough to read an excerpt from John’s 10K Day writings and it was chock-full of adventure and fun!
My name is John VanNatta. Recently my working career came to a blunt stop. As I reflect back over those robust years I hope the best is yet to come. However, I am not as vigorous as before and my spirit had become a little sluggish. That is why I enrolled in the Fear of Writing Online Course and then the FoW Graduate Course and now Working with an Editor and Ace Your 10K Day. In my dreams and writing I can once again soar, at least in my mind.