How I Meet My Word Count And How You Can Too

How To Meet Your Word Count

Meeting a word count is very much a writer problem, especially during November.

Here’s I do it:

  • I repeat myself. I say something two or three times. I am very redundant. I make one point using different words over and over again.
  • I do not use contractions. I may sound stiff and awfully formal, but it is what it is.
  • I keep writing. I don’t let my fingers stray from the keyboard until I hit a certain number of words or write for a specific amount of time.

I expect a dozen thank you’s in the comments section below.

Not really. I don’t even expect one.

I take no responsibility for any adverse effects as a result of following my advice.

Besides I hate repeating myself, I use contractions, and my fingers stray when I reach for my lovely mug.


On Daily Word Count Goals

If you’re wondering, I don’t have a daily word count goal. Even during NaNoWriMo, I focus my attention on getting the story written. Some days I’m below the average number of words, other days I meet the target, and on better days I surpass it.

Others writers swear by meeting a set word count every day. I’m not sure I want one.

Sure, it might make me more productive. On the other hand, if the target was set too high, I’d drive myself insane trying to hit it.

For now at least, meeting a daily word count goal isn’t my top priority.

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July 2015: What I Love + Blogging 201: Get Read All Over

Because I knew exactly what I was going to be raving about in July, I decided to get a head-start and write parts of this post in June.

Guess what I’ve been loving this past month?

It’s none other than Camp NaNoWriMo. Imagine confetti and fireworks and balloons and streamers everywhere. It’s a party every day at my place.

Here’s why:

Camp NaNo and NaNoWriMo in general means I write more than usual on a consistent basis. 

The more the better. Consistency never hurt anybody. 

Other writers are going to attempt the task of finishing a novel.

Not an easy task, let me tell you.

It’s fascinating to hear about everyone else’s experiences.

Tell me your stories.

Even if you don’t reach your word count, you’re still a winner in my books.

Doesn’t that count for something?

If you write something, you’ll have more than you started with.

Go you.

Damage has been done. Look at my desktop before. I didn’t take a screenshot prior to July. I just moved all the files to one side today. Then I took a picture of with all the files, one for each day of Camp so far. 

Before And After Of My Desktop-Camp NaNoWriMo 2015

The file for day 22 hasn’t been created yet because I haven’t written today.

As you can see I also don’t have a title for my novel, not even a working one.

Today’s assignment:

Make sure your site is mobile-friendly, and familiarize yourself with the features of responsive design.

Mine is.

What about yours?

I hope you’re having a wonderful day. Or night.


A Hot Mess

Word Count Of Research PaperThis research paper is a hot mess. I would screenshot the actual paper, but seeing it would make you go blind.


Word Counts

I hate being below the required word count as much as I hate being higher.

Who even invented word counts in the first place? I’d like to have a word or two with that person.

Let’s just do away with words counts. I can say with complete confidence that no harm will be done. No one will miss it. Well, I won’t.

Besides I’ll write as much as I think is necessary.

Right now, I am below the word counts for all my papers and essays. It worries me. I wasn’t lying when I said I worry and worry and worry.


Camp NaNoWriMo Struggles

For some reason or many reasons, I have been struggling with Camp NaNoWriMo this year. Shocking, huh? As much as I hate to say it, the stress is starting to get to me.

I know it’s only been three days, but I’m already behind on my word count. Like way behind. Like last in a race. Near the starting point. Barely moved at all. That’s how behind I am.

Stress makes me melodramatic. More melodramatic than I usually am anyway.

In other news, have a Good Friday. Enjoy your Easter weekend no matter what you’re doing or not doing.

Promise me you’ll keep writing.

And blogging. I swear I enjoy reading your posts.


Writers, Life Is Too Short

Life is too short to be angry all the time.

Don’t be mad when you don’t meet your word count.

Please don’t get angry at yourself for having not written.

The only problem:

Life is too short not to be writing as often as you can.

So try to write as much as possible. Then write some more.


I Pity Those Who…

I pity those who don’t attempt NaNoWriMo at least once in their lifetime.

If you haven’t started yet, it’s not too late to pick up a pencil or a pen or any other writing utensil out there.

And if you have written something, you can take pride in the fact that your word count is probably higher than mine.