Count on the Words
By Darlene Fredette
Before I start writing, I quickly check social media to see what my author writing friends are up to. When I see posts like — I wrote 5k this morning OR let’s do a 1k hour sprint — I instantly get a nauseated feeling in the pit of my stomach. Which is better… counting words verse words that count?
Wow, 5k in a day! Are you serious? I wish!
I’m very happy for the authors who are able to dedicate most of their day to writing and are able to get a word count like that done. But I also wonder…Are those words clean and smooth? Do they go back and edit several times?
I only have a few hours of the day to write. I’d like to spend more time writing, but daily life doesn’t allow it. I’m also a slow writer. I visualize the story as the scene happens, and I write the words to the best of my typing ability…and hope I don’t have lazy fingers syndrome. I don’t aim for perfection, but I try my best to not overuse words and to avoid making loads of typos.
Counting Words Verse Words That Count
While I would love to be included in the group that writes higher word counts, I’m content with writing one to two pages a day. And at the end of the week, my goal is to have another new scene to send my beta readers that is somewhat clean work, as I don’t feel they should have to cross all my T’s and dot all my I’s.
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My author tip is to not set a word count goal so high you can’t reach it. Everyone’s day is different. Everyone’s writing speed is different. Be you, and write what you can. We all get to The End eventually. Count on the words to get you there, and don’t let the word count control you.
Darlene resides on the East Coast of Canada with her husband, daughter, and Yellow Lab. When not working on her next book, she enjoys spending time with her family. An avid reader since childhood, Darlene loves to develop the many stories swimming in her head. She writes heartwarming contemporary romances with a focus on plot-driven page-turners.
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