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Weekly Word Count #15

Time to crank out the weeklies. Or cry in a corner and rock back and forth. The glamorous life of an artist, switching to and from happiness and despair within the span of a day. Ding ding, you have got a wonderful review! *basks in the joy of a thousand suns* Ding, ding, your manuscript has gotten rejected! *melds into the floor until becoming one with the sludge stains*

Word Count: 4, 316 (another slow week)

What story I’m working on: Airship the Sequeling!

What I’m editing/marketing: I just finished my edits on A Reflection of Ice this week and sent out my first submission, so I’m feeling pretty awesome about that. As for marketing, I’m currently marketing Curiouser!!! The Caffeine Crew project is finally available in print!

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I split my time writing and working my day job as a massage therapist. If it’s a creative pursuit though, chances are I’ve dabbled in it. Hell, I’ve played around with soapmaking, beer brewing, cupcake baking, tea blending and everything else under the midday sun. At the end of the day, my constant is always reading, writing and editing. I’m an Aries-Taurus cusp–which to any astrology buffs should tell you plenty. I hit the East Coast convention circuit pretty hard and chances are, you can find me vending for Solstice Brews while simultaneously promoting my books.

3 thoughts on “Weekly Word Count #15

  1. I used to do that, mark my progression by word count, and realised, for me personally, that it became a weekly target that I kept trying to better. I realised it was better to count stages (or if you prefer “a phase”) as in, what stage am I at now within the wider structure of the story itself. Beyond the planning of plots, structure, story and character arcs, rather than word count alone, because I do not write in a linear fashion, I found assessing what stage I was approaching was a more accurate way of determining progress for some scenes (or collection of connected scenes) require more words than other scenes, and so word count didn’t give me an accurate picture of what I was achieving. So, I stood back, although word count is important, perhaps what you consider a “slow week” was actually much more productive than the count itself might suggest.
    I don’t know if that helps, but your post raised a very good point.

    1. I love that point of view!! You are correct–while it may have been a slow week on actual words written, I was also marketing books, prepping release stuff, etc, which is all part of the process! And I’m with you, certain sections I rip through and will churn out tons of words in a week, whereas other weeks it’s a trickier section and might require a slower, more precise hand.

      1. Indeed, we can rattle off a collection of learned phrases and choice descriptive metaphors that we’ve invented over the years, but often description almost always ends up pruned back – and that’s the trick here I’ve discovered; accuracy! Once succinct description, inner dialogue, exposition, and things of that nature are treated with the “does this move the story on scalpel”, we begin to develop more room for extra layers of plot; as in more realism. So, yeah, word count by itself isn’t really an indication of productivity, like you, and most writers, we write and we love writing, but once we know that half of it gets edited out anyway, word count actually drops and reveals areas that need more development, so it’s a good practice as far as measuring which areas need developing and which unnecessary passages don’t move the story on. Personally, after lengthy investigations into the internal mechanisms of successful novels, word count (length/pages) I’ve realised in such books is an indication of structure/plot depth and characterisations rather than an indication of long winded prose. Of course, this is not a “rule” as it were, high-brow literature is different, and as with most so-called “writing rules” we need to learn them before we know which ones we can break.
        Anyway, I could talk about this for ages, so in the interests of brevity, I’ll leave it there for now. Again, hope that helps you, and truly, the very best of luck.

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