Another week. Another #MFRWauthor blog post. This week we're talking about something every writer knows a lot about. Word count.
Now I admit to being a little stumped when I first saw the topic for this week. I wasn't entirely sure what was we were supposed to discuss. And if I'm perfectly honest I'm still not 100% sure, but here goes.
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I've never been one to count daily words, I usually focused more on getting chapters completed. Those can range in word count from 1800 words to nearly 3000 (before editing of course). When I write I'm more focused on the scene at hand, getting it completed so that it makes sense for the story and to move along to the next part. That will take as many words as it takes.
I'm not keeping track, I don't set daily goals. I simply write for the moment. Some days I wouldn't write anything for various reasons, but I am changing that. Starting in January of this year, I joined a sub group within one of the Facebook groups I'm a part of, it's called the 365 Club. It's goal is to build a writing habit everyday so there is a minimum word count required of 100 words a day. Luckily they don't all have to be on your current WIP if a writer has one going. A lot of days, like today possibly, my 100 words comes from doing a blog post. Because I know I have a goal for this group, I do check my word count on whatever I've written so that I can know if I've made my 100 or not. Plus we have a spreadsheet we have to input our daily numbers into. I'm happy to say I've not logged a zero yet, hope I can keep it up for the remainder of the year.
Later this year I plan to attempt NaNo. That will be another time where keeping track of my word count will be necessary. Still it will be an overall thing on counting down from the 50k required to 'win' at NaNo more than anything else. Not sure if I'll make it, but we'll see.
So there you have it. I'm not a 'slave' to the word count as it were. I don't have the ideal number I want to hit before my novel is complete and I don't have a goal in mind at the start of each day (other than the 100 now). I'm a pantser through and through I guess. No planning of anything, just winging it as the mood hits.
How about you? Do you have strict daily word count goals in mind or a loose idea of where you hope to be each day? Let me know and check out what the others in the hop have to say on this topic.
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