One hundred thousand words…

…and all is well. I think.

I just hit a major milestone on my novel today, and what happens? I lose the word count indicator at the bottom of the page. This happened on my last draft, too, as soon as I hit the 100,000 word mark. Poof! 100,000 words, and I don’t get to see the counter tick over, because it’s apparently only five digits long.

It’s very disorienting to see that happen.

To some extent I rely on word count to let me know when I’ve done enough for one day; if I’m really stuck, I can at least see that my count has gone up, and take heart from that.

Now I can’t do that, unless I choose “Word Count” from the Tools menu. Which is something I don’t like to do, because it breaks the flow of writing too much.

Maybe this is just another lovely “feature” of Microsoft Word, but I prefer to call it a bug. Because it sure as hell bugs ME.


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6 Responses to One hundred thousand words…

  1. Ben Gruagach says:

    Congrats on reaching that milestone!

  2. Thanks!
    Any idea on how to make that word counter reappear, by any chance? I’m stumped.

  3. Jim Hadstate says:

    Well…you could take your old keyboard, if you have it lying around, and beat Bill Gates over the head until he agrees to have a patch written for this.
    Congratulations on getting to the milestone. We are all waiting for the debut. Any hints as to the subject or plot (if fiction)(Oh, I forgot. If it deals with Latin American issues and involves any promises from the EE.UU., then it is by definition fiction) :-).

  4. Jim, I’ve been using Mac laptops for a number of years, so the keyboard is out of the question.
    On the other hand, I *do* have an aluminum baseball bat just standing around in the corner, looking lonely…
    And yep, it does involve Latin America and the gringos. LOL!

  5. Richard says:

    Coming from the editor and publisher’s end, do people like us — and yourself — a favor and break the document up into separate files. We wouldn’t want to look at a file more than 10,000 words at any one time anyway.

  6. That part comes later…once I’ve chopped it. And it will be chopped. And there will be blood. (evil laughter)

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