GYWO “Freedom Edition”: July 4, 2009

Posted 4 July, 2009 by DLWhite in Writers Write 1 Comment

It’s time for the word count that I forgot to do on June 30th. I need to set some kind of reminder!

I started doing this at the beginning of the year, based on a Livejournal community doing the same thing. I missed the deadline by a few days :( so I decided to challenge myself to do it.

The idea is based upon the adage that only 10% of your material will be usable, and if that’s true then the only way to produce quality writing is to write more.  So in order to write more … I uhm…. write. More.

Hence, Get Your Words Out.

What Counts?

For the structured program, any purposeful writing– blogs, snippets, drabbless, short stories, long form, etc.

For me, I count anything I wrote on purpose except for blog posts. And I don’t think I counted anything I wrote for the writing class, since they tended to only be a paragraph or two at most.

My Progress

I started the year with a goal of 200,000 words, mostly because I had just started really writing and wasn’t sure what I was capable of. It sounded like a good, lofty goal that I could work hard to achieve. Months later, I realized I was going to surpass my goal because I am, as they say in literary circles, wordy. *shrug*

I met my goal in May, and reset it to 300,000. I’ll just keep moving it until I hit December 31 and we’ll see where I end up. I plan to do NaNoWriMo this year so that will be 50,000 words– I’m sure to surpass 300.000 by November 30.

Let’s see where I am so far!

Goal: 300,000

Previous Count:249568

New Words:  18613

New Count: 268,271

Words to go: 31,729

I’m very excited about that number! \o/ It represents a lot, for me. Mostly that I am doing something I never thought I could do. And the more I do it, the better I will. get. HUZZAH!

Write on!


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