I am positive that many aspiring writers are participants in the NanoWriMo contest. I also observed that many are having issues with this contest, in particular, the word count. The word count should be carefully inputed in the update button. What you need to do is have a mini list of the various words you put in everyday or every other day and keep adding them up. For instance, if you write 500 words today, copy and paste and write 500 in your mini list (like a notepad for instance). Tomorrow, if you add, say 350, in your mini list, write 350 and do same in the update path. That way, if you make a mistake, you can always refer to your mini list and add up the numbers. That way, you can never go wrong. Don't forget to also write the dates in which you want to refer back to.
Don't trust your computer. Always back up your files and have a notepad of the numbers mentioned above. Can you imagine losing all your WIPs in a few seconds to a virus or a computer crash!!! ***gapes in horror***
My frustration with NanoWriMo is that when i copy and paste my words from MS word to the site, the word count stays the same but the novel excerpt reduces in word content. So, i always have to re-copy and paste every now and then before submitting. Am i the only one with this issue? It's my first writing contest and i'll be really disappointed if the site's techies got in the way to my participation.