So, this happened today. Usually I wouldn’t post something like this but I felt that it brought up a good point about writing and word counts and goals.
As I have been writing, I have come across a lot of information and people touting how many words they write on a book per day or how many they think is a good amount for a person to set as a writing goal for each day. Personally, while goals are all fine and dandy, I think placing some limit on yourself that represents if you are writing enough is so much bupkis.
This was a new record for me, but it is not my normal or what I would ever think of as a goal. Usually I only write around two-thousand words a day and am happy if I write five-thousand, but I have days were I only write a few hundred words also and you know what? I’m happy with that.
People can tell you whatever they want. I’m doing that right now. But what I want you to do is remember that it is your satisfaction that is the most important thing. If you are happy with a few hundred words, that is cool. If you want to shoot for the stars every day, that is cool to. But don’t lock yourself into a box and convince yourself that you aren’t working hard enough if you don’t reach your word count goal every day. The words will come and you will find the rhythm that works best for you with time. So as long as you are satisfied with your writing, that is what is the most important.
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