GYWO: February 2011

Posted 28 February, 2011 by DLWhite in Writers Write 1 Comment

It is that time of month, again! Word Count report… YEAH!

For those that may be new to this blog, I participate in a yearly challenge called Get Your Words Out, through LiveJournal. The idea is that writers only keep and use a portion of words written. So the more you write, the more you use and in return the better your writing skills. The challenge is to set a goal to push yourself further than before, and then to WRITE. I don’t write to a specific word goal, but it does give me incentive to keep moving forward when I want to be lazy. The year before last, I aimed for 200K words. I came in well over 300K. Last year I aimed for 300K and I hit around 350K. This year I am going for the gusto– 350K, or the INSANE level.

Yes, I certainly am quite certifiable.

So, last month I had a banner month to kick off the year, over 3oK words. Most of that was three chapters of my fanfic serial, in an effort to finish it. That effort hung over into February, in which I completed 2.5 chapters and some other smaller projects that I probably won’t complete. However, I wrote the words, so they count. I came in around 24K words in February (not sure of the exact number because I don’t have my spreadsheet with me and the database at the community won’t be updated until the 5th). I’m sure, though, that I have over 50K words down for the year. Only 300K to go.


I was a bit concerned when I finished All I Wanna Do. At about 9800 words per chapter, it has been a main source of word count, for me. For a few days after it was done, my mind was pretty much mush.  I worried that I wouldn’t be able to come up with a new idea that would keep me writing and therefore keep my word count healthy. I hate to start counting blog posts. I’m trying to keep the word count JUST on fiction (or non-fiction, when it comes to Mama Said). I’m happy to say that I do have a couple of ideas rolling around in my head. Now to just get them down on paper, develop characters and story arc and figure out how they’re going to end. I have to know that before I can work back to the beginning.

So, I am excited again about dipping my toes into something new and that the creative vibes coming out!  On to March!

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