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asanand13

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Return of the Daily Word Count
Posted: Jan 5, 2012 4:00 PM
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Hey everyone,

I am sure there are many of us who are in the middle of WIPs, so I thought it would be a good time to start another Daily Word Count thread.

The goal is simple - record your daily word count on this thread. But rather than each of us posting how many words we have written, we should write what percentage of our daily target we achieved (for some of us writing 1,000 words a day is impressive while for others it is 10,000. I fear if we all post how many actual words we write, it may put off those of us with more modest targets).

So for example, today I hit 60% of my daily word count target.

Hopefully, by posting here each day we can make ourselves accountable to our KDP Buddies (I know I will dread having to post on here if I have a 0% day, so that fear alone will drive me to write something each day) and encouraging each other, we can write more!

Aman
starbuckjones

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Re: Return of the Daily Word Count
Posted: Jan 5, 2012 4:29 PM   in response to: asanand13 in response to: asanand13
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Current project is a series of short stories, started on Dec 29.
Story one finished Dec 30, two days 8,805 words.
Story two finished Jan 4, 3 days, 9,642 words.
Story three finished Jan 6, 2 days, 9,494 words.
Story four finished Jan 11, 3 days, 10,079 words.

My goal is to take no more than 2 or 3 days of writing per story, until I get the series done. I want to have them all finished by the end of the month and roll into editing the entire series together before uploading.

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billb13

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Re: Return of the Daily Word Count
Posted: Jan 5, 2012 4:35 PM   in response to: starbuckjones in response to: starbuckjones
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The second book in my series was finished yesterday. It is 81k words and I started it on 11/30.

I didn't work over Christmas or New Years so I'm not sure how many days I actually worked. Yesterday I did 4700 words though.

Will get the proof ordered so I can read it and correct it, I cannot edit on screen.
scottcolby

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Re: Return of the Daily Word Count
Posted: Jan 5, 2012 5:55 PM   in response to: billb13 in response to: billb13
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I don't stick to a daily word count, but I do try to write during my lunch break. Even if I only crank out a paragraph or two, I find it really helpful for helping me write even more when I finally get home.
saxon21

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Re: Return of the Daily Word Count
Posted: Jan 5, 2012 6:33 PM   in response to: asanand13 in response to: asanand13
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I'm writing 3,000 words a day. I'm at 100% for the last five days.
cdhussey

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Re: Return of the Daily Word Count
Posted: Jan 5, 2012 7:26 PM   in response to: asanand13 in response to: asanand13
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I'm actually a little embarrassed to admit this, but my writing goal is a modest 500 words/day. I know, Aman, you said not to. lol.

I'm at 377 so I should be able to reach it today. Woo-hoo! Tomorrow could be a stretch though. It's first Fridays when they open all the galleries, my friend's band is playing at 7... So many things to distract me from the task. : )

Maybe I can sneak in some writing during lunch.
lsburton337

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Re: Return of the Daily Word Count
Posted: Jan 5, 2012 7:33 PM   in response to: cdhussey in response to: cdhussey
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I'm with you CD. I usually set a goal of 1000 words a day, but I write slowly and carefully, edit as I go, and make sure the writing is as good as I can make it.

Once in a blue moon I'll have a 2000+ day, but I average about 4000 a week when I'm in writing mode.


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seechellewrite

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Re: Return of the Daily Word Count
Posted: Jan 5, 2012 8:16 PM   in response to: asanand13 in response to: asanand13
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I've heard that 2,000 a day is a good goal, so I'm sort of aiming for that. I've logged in (um, let me check....) 6,167 yesterday and today combined. Look, I'm a writer, not a mathematician. I do know that's over 100% though. hehehe

I love the days when it just flows and then you check your word count and you're impressed with yourself. Some days I get practically nothing though. I call those my thinking days.
northorbitrange...

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Re: Return of the Daily Word Count
Posted: Jan 5, 2012 8:55 PM   in response to: asanand13 in response to: asanand13
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I write when I can as I have a day job. I've written as many as 4000 words in a day. I have no doubt that I could write 10,000 words in a day, but it would be largely drivel.

It is said that Hemingway wrote a page a day. That's one very large book a year, or several small ones. PG Wodehouse routinely wrote 6k words a day, I believe.

Put another way, Van Gogh churned out a canvas a day, sometimes two. Vermeer would take months, up to a year, to finish a single painting. I am not sure speed and quality have too much to do with each other in the general case. But it is an interesting topic.
diamondlifestyle

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Re: Return of the Daily Word Count
Posted: Jan 6, 2012 12:55 AM   in response to: asanand13 in response to: asanand13
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I'm on 100% this week ~ that is, I've written [i]something[/i] every day! Even got up at 6.30am today (don't have dogs!) and got in 1000 words before work ~ yay!
plotsworthy

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Posted: Jan 6, 2012 1:18 AM   in response to: diamondlifestyle in response to: diamondlifestyle
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[b] Alas, out of the daily loop on this one. However, all your posts are most impressive. Lately, cleaning house & forums & blogs @ teffom@writing.com & also entering a Jan Blog Challenge: SEE: 31DAY BLOG CHALLENGE from Earl Zacharias. The most I ever did was 19,000 wds in one week, back in 2007, while writing GREENSLEEVES, VON BROOM, VAMPYRE? & companion short story: BOSTON HARBOR'S SEQUESTERED TEA, Now thanks to amazon.com & KDP available for electronic book purchase, searchable under author, Mary Moffett.

Stay the course, carry on & enjoy!
naughtybutnice

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Re: Return of the Daily Word Count
Posted: Jan 6, 2012 2:28 AM   in response to: asanand13 in response to: asanand13
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Hi Aman

Great idea!

I try to do a minimum of 1000 words a day.

Yesterday I did 4,200 (420%), which was two short stories for a Valentine's collection.

Today I'm working on Book 8 of my series. 600 words (60%) so far and it's only half ten, so looking good.
hsstours

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Re: Return of the Daily Word Count
Posted: Jan 6, 2012 7:36 AM   in response to: asanand13 in response to: asanand13
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And for those interested in a formal approach to keeping track of your daily word-count, writer, blogger and all-around champion of words, Gavin St.Ours, has made a PDF to keep track of his daily word count goals. Now you can have it too! He's made it available as a free PDF. Looks good and very handy!

http://gavinstours.com/2012/01/keeping-track-of-my-daily-word-count/
saxon21

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Re: Return of the Daily Word Count
Posted: Jan 6, 2012 2:18 PM   in response to: asanand13 in response to: asanand13
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Hey noid!
I'm kinda busy.
What are you doing?'
Well, read what's on top. These authors are writing entirely too much. It's hard enough to stir up trouble with all the books we have now.
What are you doing?
I'm going to go electroic and rearrange their keyboards.
What are you going to change?
I'm changing the shift key with the delete key.
Hey, hey , hey, that's a good idea. How about a page delete in place of the save button.
Now you're getting into the spirit. This will be as much fun as when we nailed Traci's keyboard down.
Hey, she dropped us in boiling oil.
Sometimes ya gotta risk it.
Well you keep at it...I have a few errands to run.
Hey where ya going? .........What's that noise?

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starbuckjones

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Re: Return of the Daily Word Count
Posted: Jan 6, 2012 2:39 PM   in response to: saxon21 in response to: saxon21
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The best prank we pulled was installing a perfect keyboard macro on a co-workers computer. There was a one in ten chance that any time a vowel was typed that it would repeat the letter randomly 1,2 or 3 times. Guy got pissed and never figured it out. Week and a half later, IT was there and re-installed windows for him to "fix" it.

It would suuuck so much to have to go back and fiix all of the eerors that it would causeeee.


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