This will be a very short post tonight as it’s late and tomorrow is going to be an early Saturday with kids and sports and birthday parties.
So, how closely do you monitor your word count when writing? Is it more important to you with longer works (e.g. novels) vs. short stories and the like?
I am in the process of writing my first novel, and while I have always kept an eye on my word count, I haven’t been hung up on it until recently. But, when I say ‘hung up,’ it’s not in a bad way. I’m not letting my word count drive my work. I won’t judge whether or not my book is a success based on the number of words in it. However, I have been using it as a motivator, and it has been working.
Tonight, I broke the 50,000 word mark. It is a significant milestone and I’m proud of it, more than any other word count number before it.
Word count been a motivator recently because I have been driving toward that 50,000 number, and it will continue to motivate me as I drive toward the next milestone. I have committed to trying to write at least a few hundred words every night. I don’t always find the time, but I have had much more success doing so lately.
What drives you to write? I’m not saying that word count drives me to write per se; it’s more the feeling of getting something accomplished. I also see the enjoyment of writing and storytelling as a motivator, but short term goals such as hitting a certain word count can help encourage me to go a little further each session.
Until next time – Chris