My goal was to get in around 3,000-4,000 words a day. Yeah, not exactly always feasible, but I really wanted to finish a novel in under a month.
So I created this nifty chart to track my word count in Excel
|Sunday July 31||Monday Aug 1||Tuesday Aug 2||Wed Aug 3||Thus Aug 4||Fri Aug 5||Sat Aug 6|
|No clue||No clue||20,622||25,775||32,742||38,011||40,943|
|Sunday Aug 7||Monday Aug 8||Tuesday Aug 9||Wed Aug 10||Thus Aug 11||Fri Aug 12||Sat Aug 13|
|Sunday aug 14||Monday Aug 15||Tuesday Aug 16||Wed Aug 17||Thus Aug 18||Fri Aug 19||Sat Aug 20|
|Sunday Aug 21||Monday Aug 22||Tuesday Aug 23||Wed Aug 24||Thus Aug 25||Fri Aug 26||Sat Aug 27|
|Sunday Aug 28||Monday Aug 29||Tuesday Aug 30||Wed Aug 31|
Some of my crit partners and such have asked how do I write so much? Well, it helps not to have children. For starters. But the biggest thing is to really set a goal and stick to it. Don't let yourself get distracted or make excuses. Treat the word count goal as you would a job. If your boss told you that you needed 1000 words a day but you decided to watch a Final Destination Marathon instead, do you think your boss would be happy?
So be the boss of yourself when it comes to word count. Set up a reward system. When I hit my goal for the day, I read or work on a SPARKLY NEW IDEA. I might actually talk to a human being. Or my dog. I watch crap television. I eat a honey bun. Either way. I reward myself for hitting my goal.
And if I don't hit my goal. Well, first off if I'm just slacking off I sit my butt down until I hit my goal. It's as simple as that. But if something has been going on that day or I'm really just not feeling it, then I look at my overall average and see where that puts me if I stop for the evening.
I just never stop and think, "Well, tomorrow I'll write 8,000 words to make up for it." Because that seriously never works.
Having goals helps with deadlines. When I tell my editor that I can have a first draft or edits back at a certain time, I need to do that.
Anyway, there is my whole word count saga for you. Please don't forget the Half-Blood Tour. Schedule is in the post below!