A daily word count might not be important to some writers. Just the act of sitting down to write with life trying to steam roller you is sometimes an achievement in itself.
I’m driven by word counts. This is why nanowrimo pushes me. My word counts are inconsistent though, which means I was almost certainly doomed to fail 100k in 100 days as soon as I set off. This doesn’t mean that I won’t attempt it again; these exercises are good for accumulating the massive amount of crap necessary to be able to dig out a gem, but I know that keeping this kind of goal is a big stretch for me.
I saw this in one of the groups on Facebook and found the emphasis on word count interesting. Even more interesting though are the comments from the authors themselves. It seems that maybe word counts are not as important as the ability to find time and prioritise writing daily, regardless of other commitments.
Recently, I’ve been dabbling with two projects (neither of which are the fantasy novel… Writing fantasy is hard.) The intention was to enter competitions but they are both dragging me in surprising directions, although unsurprisingly my feminism is showing the more words I pen.
The word count is mounting up so the next step is writing daily, then I’ll be famous, yes?
How often do you write? Do you worry about your word count more than how often you sit down to write?