Numbers Game

2 Oct

This post goes hand in hand with my post “Making Time”. Once I made the time for my writing, an amazing thing happened. My writing actually got somewhere. Color me surprised. And I actually was!

For each hour I wrote, my word count went up. A word count goal to a writer is like heroine to a junkie. Picture me, disheveled, sitting in my car and eagerly scratching at a note pad. Every five minutes, I pick up the note pad and begin to count the words I wrote. Shy of my goal, I grab my pen and feverishly scratch at the pad once more. Finally, I reach my goal. I throw my arms in the air, “Success!” I am sated until the next day when my fix is due.

Word count goals can also be my downfall. If I set them too high, I am doomed to fail every time. I have to be realistic. It is much more satisfying to set a modest goal and succeed than to set a ridiculous goal and fail.

Another risk I face is the temptation to stop and count my words every other minute. This can halt any real progress I am making, and my poor muse ends up with a serious case of whiplash. Instead, I try to guesstimate as I write. I know I write somewhere around 250-300 words per page. It is a lot easier to keep a page count straight in my head without having to stop writing. At the end of my session, I know about how much I wrote.

That doesn’t mean I don’t count each word after my session. Hell yeah, I do! But, at least I have the willpower and the grits to wait until my writing session is finished to count. Most of the time, I find myself within 20-50 words of the figure I ball-parked.

But the ultimate ecstasy is reserved for when I add a day’s word count to the word count total for my novel. At that point, angels sing from the heavens, the lion lays down with the lamb, and everything is right with the world. I go about my day, a stupid grin on my face. If I glowed any more, I would be radioactive. I may get strange looks from passersby, but it doesn’t matter. On these days, I’m the victor fit to wear the title “Writer”.

This is what I look like when I meet my word count goal.

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6 Responses to “Numbers Game”

  1. Adam Nathan October 10, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    I love the caption on the photo – above, and also on your forehead in About Me.

    • C. L. Parson October 10, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

      Thank you! I try not to take myself too seriously. 🙂

  2. Kelly Vandever October 11, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

    Great post CL! You made me once again laugh out loud and garner sideway glances from the people seated near me at Bagel Boys!

    If you don’t already know, MS Word has a word count too in it– it will count the words for you…unless you’re a purist or something and want to count manually. And also, I think the word count show up below the document on the bottom of the window. Of course none of these features work if you’re using a real pen and paper. Hope I didn’t spoil word counting for you?!

    • C. L. Parson October 11, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

      Thank you for the kind words. I definitely take advantage of the MS Word word count tool, but alas, alack, no such technology exists for hand-written manuscripts and a good 1/4 of my book is handwritten. Still working on transcribing it.

  3. Kelly Vandever October 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    P.S. love the picture too!!

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