It’s Week 23 and the #MFRWauthor blog topic this week is word counts…do they matter? How much? How often?
I confess -I’m pretty dang confused about the topic. I’m not really sure what I’m supposed to write about. Are they referring to the word count I look for when I purchase a book? Maybe they wonder how many words I write when I’m in the groove? Or perhaps they’re asking if I set a daily writing word count goal and, if so, what that goal is?
Wellll, I guess I’ll just tackle all three, then…
- 20,000 – 40,000 – This is the general word count I look for when I purchase a book. There are roughly 260 words to a page on an ereader, which is my primary way of reading a book. So, on my Kindle, this word count translates to somewhere around 75 – 160 pages in a traditional paperback novel. I know that’s a short novel, but frankly that’s all I can handle when I read. I’m crazy busy with working full time, being an author, having a small copy writing side gig, and trying to be a wife to the hubster, mom to my (grown, but still…) kids, and a friend to my friends. I want to read something I can plow through in the limited time I have. Something that is short enough that I can remember the story line and not have to backtrack to figure out why so-and-so is doing such-and-such to whomever.
- 3,000 – 4, 000 – This is about what I can write on a good day. One free of distraction. One in which I’ve got a handle on where my story is headed. This doesn’t happen often because I’m usually trying to figure out what comes next when I write. The scenes in my head flow faster than my fingers, so I have to keep going back to revise and add what I “saw”, but what my fingers forgot to include on the rough draft.
- 1,000 – 1500 – This is my usual goal for my word count when I’m writing. If I can write more I do, but I’m happy if I hit this goal on any given day. More often than not, I won’t hit it because life gets in the way and something pulls me away from the computer (for example: I’m having a garage sale tomorrow, so you can imagine how much writing I’ve done this week while I get ready for it. Let’s see…aside from this blog post? Um, a Big Fat Zero.)
So, there you have it. If you’ve ever wondered how come most authors can’t crank out a novel a week – this is why. Granted, some writers are super-prolific. I’m in a Facebook group with a few authors like this and I constantly feel unworthy. But, I tell myself I’m just starting out and I’ll get faster. Then, I crack my knuckles, say a prayer to the gods of writing, and hunker down at the keyboard.
That being said, I’d like to release my next romance novel in July. Which means you can probably actually pick it up from Amazon around the holidays, lol…
This is a blog hop. Visit some of the other authors on the hop to see how prolific they are: