No, I’m not talking about the adorable count on Sesame Street. (Vne, Two, Thrrrree! Bwa-ha-ha-ha!) Not even talking about Count Dracula.
I’m talking about your manuscript’s word count. (Thanks, Linda, for the chat and the blog idea. I needed it!)
This isn’t one of those blogs where I’ve got the answer and I’m going to, finally, magnanimously share it. This is honest-to-goodness-I-really-really-want-to-know.
Serious question: How do you get your word count to climb?
For some of us, it just ain’t that easy.
Don’t misunderstand. I’ve taken classes on it. I don’t remember much about the first one I took. I don’t remember the teacher’s name or the class name. I do remember the main thrust.
First, you write for a week and see what you average. The next week you add so many to your daily word count. I don’t remember exactly how many. Maybe twenty-five words? Fifty?
Say you test yourself and find you write 200 words a day. For the next week, you push yourself and make it 250. The week after, 300. The result is, after several weeks you should be writing 1000 words a day in the same amount of time it took you to write 200.
I could do it, but what I wrote was a little stinky (!) because I was thinking about the numbers more than what I was putting on the paper. And that’s just dumb. Might as well draw a target on my foot and pull the trigger.
Then not so long ago, I took a class given at Rose’s Colored Glasses called WRITE 50 BOOKS IN A YEAR.
Now Rose is giving it as a free week-long class this summer. Check it out HERE.
The workshop includes–
- What do you want? (Good question.)
- What’s stopping you?
- Prewriting planning.
- Cranking out the pages.
- Tools for goal setting and planning.
In case you’re wondering, YES, I signed up for the class again–unless they kick me out for flunking last time. 😉 And for sharing the free class thing. 🙂
Do you recognize any of your write too slow problems? #2 and #3 look good to me.
I’m horrible at getting people to comment on blogs, but just this once (please?) SHARE WITH US. (I promise we won’t think you’re bragging or hate you for being prolific.)
- How do you keep life from getting in the way?
- How do you work through the rough patches?
- How do you keep the sirens from luring you onto the rocks?
- How do you write so many words in a day?
Whether you can’t (or won’t) answer any of those, how about answering this one–HOW MANY WORDS DO YOU AVERAGE A DAY? Let us (me!) know how many I can shoot for. 🙂 And so I can touch you on the head. ( And maybe get some of it to rub off on me.)