Daily Word Count Is Your Bully

Daily Word count it your bully | moranchaim.com

If you don’t reach your daily word count you’re a lazy unqualified writer.

If you don’t reach your daily word count you’re not a true writer.

If you don’t reach your daily word count you will never be a professional writer.

If you don’t reach your daily word count you will never finish your book.

If you don’t reach your daily word count you will remain unpublished and unknown.

Guess what? You’re being bullied by your own daily word count.

We all know bullying is wrong and try to give kids advice on how to resolve these matters, but why do we bully ourselves? Why are we saying to ourselves consciously and subconsciously that

“The only way to write professionally is to hit that daily count”

Writing is hard, being creative is even harder, writing something that people will love to read is the hardest. So why are we putting ourselves in the corner and expecting better results under that kind of stress and expectations.

Daily word count is not fit for everyone and we should admit that. Some writers pull it off, some struggle with it but still do it, some force themselves  into doing it during the National Novel Writing Month. But most of us are just people that work in full time jobs and try to squeeze in our artistic efforts.

It’s time to enjoy writing without pressure and without self bullying.

Hitting that word count sound more like an assembly line. Like a robotic mechanism that no matter what, will produce its product on time. But that’s not who we are and even the international work sphere has already started making changes and adjustments to the work surroundings (like the famous Google offices) or to the flexible office time where the results matter more that the time you spend making them happen. Offices around the world, mainly for big corporations which can afford it, try to be friendlier, allow more creativity and alone time instead of the constant buzz of the open space and the unproductive office meetings and executive pressure.

So why do we need to treat our writing as a 19th century factory? Just because some famous published authors say that it’s their method?

I write every weekend in the park close to my apartment. I take out a blanket and a hard writing pad, sit in different shady places and enjoy writing. I’ve got my steady paycheck that relieves the stress of getting my book done so I can earn a living. This process is fit to my life style, my schedule and my creative process. I might not finish my book in a month but hell I will have fun writing it and allow myself to feel like it is my passion and not my obligation.

Related video – James Scott Bell On Writing Routine

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8 Comments

Ingrid Kincaid

Thank you. I find your insights and gentle reminders refreshing and I whole-heartedly support you and you writing. I remember reading some place the statement: writers write; waiters wait. So I declare we are writers not waiters? So we can write just for the joy of it.
Also something that has helped me is reminding myself that there is a difference between writers and authors and even if nothing I write ever gets published, I’m still a writer.
To your prosperity and well-being,
Ingrid

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Moran Chaim

Hi ingrid, I feel that an author title is overrated. these days anyone can be an author because anyone can self publish a cook book or a tech manual or whatever. To me an author is a legal term, a writer is a mindset and a calling you have whether you act on it or not. Regardless of what I just said, I strongly support self publishing and intend to do it myself in the near future by publishing a book with a bunch of my short stories. Later, When I’ll finish my novel it would go into the same direction. After publishing only your audience can decide how good of a writer/author are you and that is all that matters. All the best 🙂

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Kelly Erickson

The daily word count is fun as a challenge once in awhile. THat’s why I do NaNoWriMo every year. But I spend a month or two planning, doing background research, character bios, plot lines, and so on, so aiming for a 50,000 word first draft in 30 days is a game. In “real” life, I write when I can. I have author friends who are all about their daily goals and it shows. Their writing is immature, has an unfinished feel and plot lnes are practically non-existant. stressing quantity over quality will result in inferior product. Every time.

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Moran Chaim

Thank you for you reply, Kelly. It’s a good idea to use NANO as an exercise in order to get in writing shape. Hadn’t done it myself though.

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P.I. Barrington

I agree. The only time I ever worry about word count is when I am contracted to writing a book and there is a deadline or when I have a post on a writing website that demands a word count.
Nice concise post! Great job.
Patti

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