Word Count Goals And The Pathway To Hell.
I’m gonna get some back lash for this one. That’s ok, I’d like to know how you all do it, if you do.
Word count goals. They are everywhere. Literally. Daily I watch as TweetDeck flashes updates of a new word count goal that has been met or missed by another writer.
Who can write this way? Apparently–LOTS of people. I am not one of them. I’d sooner stab myself in the hand than lay down a number count I had to adhere to.
The writing routine is varied, I know, and what works for one writer will surely not work for all. Some can force the words out and tada! 1,000 words today. Yay me! I can’t force myself to do anything. I would feel like The Little Engine That Could. He’s out there dying of heat exhaustion, thirsting to death, but COME ON LITTLE ENGINE! KEEP GOING! Umm….? Give the train some damn water already.
If I forced myself to write 1,000 words a day (or any), it would probably read like I was trying to decipher the lost language of Danu Talis with a rock by moonlight.
Now don’t get me wrong, if you write this way, I am in awe of you. YOU have an advantage. It’s called speed. And speed in this fast-changing industry is a huge ally. So what are your secrets? How do you write this way if you do? If you don’t, what your reasons?
Personally, I’d rather take longer with my ms than willingly walk through the gateways of rewriting hell (been there, isn’t fun) covered in burns and soot trying to unearth a story through all the madness I created with my rock.
This entry was posted on August 16, 2011 by Laney. It was filed under Author, Blogging, Editing, Publishing, Self Publishing, Writer, Writing and was tagged with Fiction, goals, Inspiration, laney mcmann, novel creation, Rewrites, Word count, Writers Resources, Writing, Writing Exercises, Writing process, ya fantasy author, YA paranormal romance author.