What is a Word Count?

Earlier on I wrote about making a daily to-do list. As promised, I wrote one. One of the items on that list was to break my drought and start writing again. I made a vow to write 500 words.

I did–sort of. I ended up writing a single paragraph…over and over and over. Before I exited out of Word for the last time I think there’s about 80 words down. Overall I think I surpassed the 500 mark with relative ease.

I’m torn. I don’t know how to feel. Am I happy with the 80 words I put together at the end of a lot of writing, or should I be ashamed that there aren’t 500 words down? Every other time I’ve set myself a word goal I would always make sure that that number of words was on the screen before calling it quits.

Also, on another note entirely, today is the first time I ever wrote and rewrote something over and over again. I don’t think I’ve ever worked so hard on one story, let alone a paragraph.

Regardless, I wrote. For the first time in a long time, I have a new piece of fiction in the works. Tomorrow I think I will set myself a very specific goal and make sure that I finish the number of words I set out to write. That way I won’t be too hard on myself.

2 thoughts on “What is a Word Count?”

  1. Instead of a word count goal, why not consider one of these: 1) Write a page (double spaced if you want). For reference purposes single spaced is 500 words, double spaced 250. Since it appears you are trying to break through the proverbial ‘wall’, using page instead of words might work better. 2) If you have the time, you might consider writing until you drop. This might mean taking a break now and then, but you’re after a break through moment! And one more thought, it doesn’t have to make exact sense yet.


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