Thursday, November 11, 2004

Word Count

Wow, I can't believe I'm actually ahead in my word count for my story today. I was ahead yesterday as well. I seem to almost be getting on top of all this locking myself in my dungeon of a room and writing page after page of utter drivel business. There may actually be a thin shimmer of hope on the horizon yet of reaching 50000 words by the end of November.

They say week two is when you start hit the wall. I think Sunday and Monday it hit me the hardest and I began to fall into self doubt and pity and all that and that I wouldn't have a hope in hell of making it. I even thought once or twice of just throwing the whole thing in. Hopefully, I've managed to climb over that second week wall and it will be smooth sailing from here.

I think definitely one of the biggest problems I faced was the extraneous use of the word count function as a tool for procrastination. Every time I'd write something, even just a few words, I found myself instinctively moving my mouse up to Tools -> Word Count... and shuddering when I saw just how much I had left to write. I have managed to cut down my use of the word count function by limiting myself to not more than one word count per paragraph. I've found that the words come out and flow much easier when you're not stopping every five seconds to do a word count anyway.

Thank God for word processors - or whoever invented them


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