So today the promised post about word counts and exactly what they mean to me. For some authors they are mile markers, a constant marker there journey would be incomplete without. For others they are simply an unnecessary distraction.
For me they are a measuring tool. I use word counts to keep track of how much of my writing time is spent writing and how much is spent screwing around. Because no matter how hard I try to unplug or focus, my writing looks a lot like Amanda Hocking's. And that's ok as long as at the end of the day I feel like I accomplished something. How do I know I accomplished something? By using word counts. That's it, that's what I use them for.
What's a reasonable word count for the day? Depends on how well everything is flowing and whether or not I had all day. Given all day with good flow I can easily do 3000-4000 words. But lately it hasn't been flowing, it's been a struggle to get one word in front of the other. Yesterday I fell short of my word goal by around 900 words. But I don't feel guilty because I didn't make that goal, because I know I spent part of that time stuck on some details and doing research. So considering how much of the day I spent trying to write and the headache I've had the last few days, I'm not unhappy with my 1600 words yesterday. Today I've already managed over a thousand words, though I had to take a break because it was getting too emotional. I hope to get another 1500 today, which shouldn't be hard since everything is flowing now.