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  • #3001

    Jean Lauzier
    Member

    Just wondering if y’all have daily word count goals?

    I did for a while and got lots of words on the pages. I’m seriously considering bringing back a “required” word count each day to make some progress.

    #4610

    Sherry Foley
    Participant

    Now that the kids have all traipsed back to school as of today, tomorrow I plan to get back to my 5,000 word a day requirement.

    -Sherry (who can’t wait to flex her fingers across the keyboard) 🙂

    #4611

    xaenyth
    Participant

    Sherry, 5000 is an amazing number!

    I usually crank out 1200 in the morning before anyone else gets up. It’s the only time of day I know I’m not going to be interrupted. If I can steal time later in the day, I will, but as long as I get my 1200 in, I feel like I accomplished something.

    #4612

    For a while I had a “rule” that I had to write minimum 1,000 words a day no matter what, even though I was working full time and going to school full time at night. If I didn’t make 1,000, it was basically crisis and death canons in my mind. Then I got this crazy job, which I’m still at right now at 9:45pm and I got here at 7:45 this morning, soooo yeah. Not so much with the enforced 1K a day anymore. Silly life messing up my author quest! I so love lighting up my Scrivener wordcount goal bar. I did 800 today, though! 😀

    pardon me while I crush on Sherry’s wordcount.

    #4613

    Jean Lauzier
    Member

    Wow, 5k. I bet there be smoke coming off that keyboard. And I was feeling good about my 500 words a day requirement.

    #4614

    kimberlyfdr
    Participant

    I work full-time, do media review for three blogs after work, and serve as editor of a monthly newsletter, so my time is very limited. However, I set forth a 1 hour / 1,000 word daily goal. That allowed me to finish my novel in a reasonable amount of time, giving me that sense of accomplishment, but didn’t overwhelm me.

    Editing, however, takes much longer 🙂 Ah, how I long for the days when I was just writing my first draft and not worrying about polishing at that time.

    #4615

    Kenra Daniels
    Participant

    My usual output is 5k/day for first drafts, though sometimes it’s more on a good day. I’m lucky enough not to have a day job though, so I can write whenever my family will leave me alone long enough.

    #4616

    mfstrnad
    Participant

    When I start a new story, I try to figure out how long I want it. Then set a day for when I want it complete. Usually two months or so. After that I can find out how many words per day I need to write to meet that goal. If I go over it’s great, and I just bank those words and keep trying to get my daily word count. If I don’t make the count, then at least I have those words banked and it shouldn’t affect my goal. I try to aim for about 1200 words per day.

    I don’t always manage to do it. I started a sci fi story that I just couldn’t get off the ground. I realized I needed to do more prewriting for it and moved on to something else. At that point just finishing something (anything!) was the most important thing to me.

    #4617

    cehart
    Participant

    My goal is to write every day. I don’t set a particular word count though; the volume of work isn’t so important to me. I just enjoy getting lost in the process.

    I rarely write less than two hours a day (oftentimes much more than that) and never have writer’s block–ever! lol Seriously! I experience the opposite. I have so many characters and stories bopping around in my head, I’m constantly jotting down ideas and descriptions, or having impulsive conversations with my handy voice recorder. I even keep a pen and tablet on my nightstand so I don’t forget the thoughts that pop into my mind when my head hits the pillow. 😉

    #4618

    gwen
    Participant

    I am very distracted right now with “family-crises” so I did not make my August 22 deadline for my YA novel. Also my computer crashed and my terabyte (?) drive (back-up) is fried. (Think about unplugging your computer devices during lightening storms-lol)
    A wonderful person suggested emailing myself a copy-why didn’t I think about that? Anyway, I set a word count of 1k to 2k a day (I’m at home full time now) and sometimes I hit a “sweet spot” and will hit 3k to 5k. My problem is resisting the urge to go back and edit! What is Scrivener? Hey everyone!

    #4619

    gwen
    Participant

    Also, what about a group that sets deadlines or word counts? Cheers each other on and kicks each other in the behind? I’m still trying to invite friends-awgghh! I know understanding technology is a must for a writer today–but I wish it was just a word processor *grin*. I know how to write, edit, comment and so forth in Word-duh. I’ll worry about more tech stuff after I restart another story. I’m to down to rewrite the other now. I’m a panster-light plotter-heavy characters–I need the excitement before the rewrites and edits!

    #4620

    indigograce
    Participant

    I tend to write approximately 1500-3000 in a day if I’m on a roll. I’m a teacher with the summers off so that helps dramatically! Once I go back I tend to be a little slower, but still try to touch my work every day. There are days that I can’t write a thing of course, but for most part, I’ve been very lucky.

    I’m a panster, with very little if hardly any plotting. I find it easier to work in that linear fashion because one thing builds off the next and for some reason, if I plot, I feel like the story is written already and I don’t want to write it anymore. Does that happen to anyone else out there?

    #4621

    kimberlyfdr
    Participant

    @gwen I ALWAYS email myself a copy of my novel / chapter as I’m writing. That way, I have it saved on my home computer, email archives, and my work computer.

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