I’ve been trying something new with my writing sessions that’s been somewhat revolutionary for me. I used to sit down at the computer and write until I couldn’t write anymore. Hours would pass and on a good day, I would maybe get out 1500 words. Most of the time it was just 1000. I decided to try interval sessions. I write 500 words and take a break. I’ll either spend 30 minutes to an hour eating or exercising or writing a blog post, something to get my mind off of the book. After the break, I come back and write another 500 words and then break again. The first week using this method, I was cranking out 2700 words a day. Now I’m doing over 3300 words a day. It really has removed the pressure of writing “a lot” of words. For some reason, my mind can deal with 500 words at a time much better than write until you can’t write any more in one sitting. I like it so much that I’m toying with a crazy resolution to write six books next year using this method. The most I’ve done is two in a year. I’ll keep you posted on that.
I’m really excited by this new method of writing that I’m trying. It’s so simple I’m not sure why I hadn’t thought of it before. My daily production is way up. I’ll explain in more detail tomorrow when I’m not so friggin’ tired. Hit my new daily word count goal of 3,333 words. Still on pace to hit 60k by Friday, December 16.
Another late night/early morning, but in my defense there was a lot of football on today! Still hitting my 2700/day mark.
Here we go! My goal is to get the first draft done on or before my birtday on Dec.17 (BTW – no gifts please… you realize that’s something people just say, right?) Every evening I will post my word count progress. This is the only day I will post a morning and evening word count meter in order to give you a reference for my starting point in this homestretch writing-palooza!
Somewhere along the road to finding a publisher, self-publisher, POD company, or whatever else is out there to publish your book these days, you are very likely going to be asked to reveal the word count of your book. In my experience in asking new aspiring authors this question, it is as confusing as explaining the origins of the universe for some. In fact, I have been completely floored by the answers I received. Here are just few that left me speechless.
Question: What is the word count of your book?
Most Frequent Answer: “It’s eleven chapters long.”
- Why this isn’t a good answer: There is no uniform length for chapters. A chapter can range from just a few words to a crap load.
Second Most Frequent Answer: “It’s 110 Pages.”
- Why this isn’t a good answer: I have no idea what spacing you used, what font you used, what size font you used, etc.
Response That Made Me Want to Punch Myself: “Do you want me to count the conjunctions?”
- Why this isn’t a good question: Unless conjunctions are declassified from a word to a sub-word much like Pluto was declassified from a planet to sub-planet, count them. In fact, don’t count any words. Just use the word count function in Word. The counting is done for you.
Answer That Made Me Wish I Had Gone Into the Family Business (eye care): “My book is 482,000 characters with spaces.”
- Why this isn’t a good answer: Words are made up of varying numbers of characters. It’s impossible to tell how many words you have by giving me a character count.
Answer That Made Me Question The Existence of All That is Holy and Sacred: “Penguin.”
- Why this isn’t a good answer: A penguin is an animal not a word count. This is an actual answer I got once. I am still completely baffled and entertained by it.
So, now you know. Go forth and count your words. Feel free to count penguins, too.
While I just got Stephen King’s newest book, Under the Dome, and I haven’t had a chance to read it, I am ready to give my early review. It’s gigantic! My arms are sore from lifting it. I think you should be required to register it as a lethal weapon because if I could muster up the strength to throw it at someone, it would kill them instantly. Are you hearing me? I’m saying it’s big. It has it’s own gravitational pull. Ginormous.