Posts tagged ‘nanowrimo’

October 9, 2013

Word Counts and Little Goals

by limebirdster

I was at a poetry reading a while ago when one of the poets said that he didn’t like being friends with novelists because all they ever talk about down the pub is word counts. A few people laughed, a few people looked offended and he quickly moved on but I was thinking about it afterwards and he kind of had a point. I mean, I don’t necessarily talk about word counts, but I do constantly think about them.

For example, with NaNoWriMo fast approaching, I know that when I’m doing that my head is full of numbers – words left until 50,000, words left until daily target, number of words that I’m behind by, number of words I can realistically catch up by. At other times Stephen King’s rule of 1,000 words a day is lurking at the back of my mind letting me know that my novel is definitely not going to be written in three months. And I’ve always got a target, everything I start I want to hit at least 80,000 words. I’ve managed that just once.

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