like i really cant... oh well reached zero so far guys. of course everyone started at zero but im going to get upset when nov and i still cant update. oh well. on a random subject who wants to be writing buddies?
Also, because I forgot to bring it up and I can't edit my post any longer, for future reference, questions/comments about site functions that aren't answered by the FAQ belong in the Tech Help & Site Bug Reports forum.
Meanwhile, requests for writing buddies belong in your respective Genre Lounge's dedicated thread. Like I checked your profile and see that you're writing fantasy, so this would be the thread for you to find a writing a buddy in.
You need to create a novel first, and that will unlock the wordcount tools. Go to My NaNoWriMo, My Novels, and there should be a link to create a novel for the November 2013 event. You don't have to fill in any of the blanks on the next page (title, synopsis, etc) unless you want to. Just click the Create Novel button.
So this is my first time doing Nano, i am just going to continue my current book, but i already have 40,000 words in it. I would like to put it somewhere involved in my book, but its taken me a little over a year to get that many so i dont want to include it in the actual november word count, is there somewhere i can put it?
You write the novel on your own device, the site has NO capability for storing the entire text. Do not try to put the whole novel in the excerpt space, it's not made for the whole thing.
Once November starts, a word count update box will appear near the top next to your name. Type in your current full number of words there and submit it. At least a few times during the month, you should run your novel through the validator, which can be accessed via a link under the word count entry block on your Edit Novel page, and get an official count done for comparison to your writing program's count. You do not want to be surprised by a big discrepancy on November 30th.
Trust me, entering word count will make much more sense once the functions come online on the 1st, right now none of it is active so you can't see the things people are describing.