Word Count Goals

Setting small word count goals each day keeps me focused and writing everyday. I tried the NaNoWriMo method multiple times and I’m just not a binge writer. I can handle 500-700 words each morning rather than fretting over 1677 everyday.

A screenshot from this morning’s keyboard time. Unadulterated. Spelling errors and all.

One writing podcast recommended Written Kitten as a means to achieving word count. I gave it shot. I’ll try most things once.

For every 100 words I type into their word processor, I get a new picture of a kitten or cat or leopard. I can count off my daily word count goal but number of kittens. Additionally, the small window of words allow me to focus only on that scene. I can’t decide to go back ten pages and fiddle with the language from yesterday’s writing.

I worked for multiple publications while in college and also did some freelance proofreading in my time, so I love to edit and fiddle with sentences. After multiple attempts to write a novel, my love of editing is one of my greatest weaknesses when knocking out a first draft.

Ever onward. I’ve already altered the outline of this current piece, but I keep writing without deleting or moving the previous chapters. I’ll save that for the second draft.


I’m six days into NaNoWriMo and I’ve decided to back down from the original goal of 50,000 words for November. Pushing myself to write 1700 words a day was adding stress to an already over-loaded month.

What I learned:
Focusing on word count forces productivity
Productivity is not creativity
Character creation and development drive my writing process
Location, location, location
I prefer to start with a hand-written draft
Write the scene first, then research the details
I like to use weather as a catalyst for action

I’m grateful for my progress and I’m glad I participated, but I must refocus on my original November goal of launching “White Hell.”