It’s the words that count

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Do you keep track of your word count on a daily basis? What’s your record for most and least words? (Not including those days when you don’t write anything.)

I try to write between 1500 and 2000 words a day, every day. That’s spread out over everything that I do, from work on my novels to my blog, emails and social media posting.

As someone who obsesses over every little detail and statistic (I can’t help it, my brain is just wired that way), my life is made a lot easier by a programme called Global Word Counter.

It sits on my desktop and counts every word I type. I started using it in 2015 when I began to take an interest in my daily word count. Since then, I have averaged around half a million words a year in total.

Here it is on my draft of this post.

When it comes to how many of those words actually end up in my novels, I would have to keep my eye on the counter when I started and finished each session. I know that there are nearly two million words in my published novels so far.

Because I always used to hate writing, it’s quite frightening to think that, over the last 12 years since I started blogging on Blogspot, I’ve probably written at least double that, if not more.

Normally I don’t bother too much about where the words end up. The total is the thing that I want to know but during November, the month of NaNoWriMo, I do keep track, to make sure that I’m keeping up with the 1666 words per day schedule on my latest project.

On a really productive day, when everything is flowing, I can do six or seven thousand words, some days I struggle to get to 1500. That’s when you have to dig in and remember that it’s important to keep going.

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6 Responses

  1. Stevie Turner

    I’m not too bothered about having to write a set number of words each day. Sometimes I don’t write for days, but instead prefer to write when I want to rather than feeling I have to.

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