I have to admit, its nice being able to update my word count without the pressure of a large target number. Yesterday’s burst of words was both exhausting and exhilarating, but now its all like a tall glass of water waiting for me after a long day. From here on out I can write at a much more leisurely pace. My bare minimum word count per day to hit 60,000 by October 31st is only 380 words a day. My fingers are still working the kinks out and getting situated on the keyboard at 100 words, so this should be a breeze. Of course, its easy to say that without knowing what’s coming up in the next month, so no doubt there will be slacking days ahead (and by slacking, I mean overwhelmed by real life and job duties).
As is customary, the obligatory progress bar:
That’s about 1053 words as I write this post, for a grand finish of 47,227 words today. Given how much brain has dumped in the last day, tomorrow cannot hope to live up to this rate.
At the same time, I want to be clear on something – I publish these word counts not for you, but for me. They motivate me to keep producing output, even if the end result is that I will replace half of them with new, even better words. My good days (like this past weekend) and Carrie Vaughn’s good days don’t line up – but like she says, its the end product that matters, not how many words are written each day. So just to recap – aggressive word count and publishing on this blog, totally go get my own goat and force me to finish.
But what about the rest of you? Surely at least someone out there is writing, short fiction or otherwise. I’d welcome some friendly competitive action. I’d even go so far as to say I’d be willing to participate in something more formal, a writing group, if you will, if only that didn’t imply actually sharing written words…