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October 17, 2018

~Writing It Down: Word Count, Doesn’t Count~

by Jazzi Ryan Ranes

I have discovered in the writing of my book(s), that it is best not to push a daily word count. Every time I try to, I can’t get it down. I average an easy thousand words a day but found that word count, doesn’t count. I would rather craft one tight sentence than one shitty paragraph. I highly recommend to any writer to let it come when it’s ready.

Quality over quantity.

Sometimes the emotions run too hot to even allow flow. Your perfect sentence didn’t exist five minutes ago and it doesn’t have to exist five minutes from now. It’s always a good idea to stop writing when you know where you’re going. For me, that means stopping in the middle of a sentence or paragraph. Often that is just a hint, as my characters lead the way and I never know what they’re going to get into.

Let your words speak to you, don’t speak to your words.

Keep in mind, dear scribes, you are always writing, all the time. Staring off into space? Writing. Screwing with one miserable sentence? Writing. Thinking about a paragraph in chapter 28 that hurts the ear? Writing. Groaning out loud when the exactly right turn of phrase pops into your mind as if it was a memory? Writing. 2000 words a day? Damn sure writing.

Today I am writing chapter 41 of book 1 in a series. I have had to rein myself in over the last few chapters as the book nears the end. The story has written itself. I am just the conduit. Book 2 waits in the shadows, writing itself even as I craft this post.

Write something every day. It doesn’t matter if it’s any good. You can toss it the next day but you’ve still written it. Try not to imprison yourself in a set word count. It’s not worth the strain or stress. You’ll stifle your creativity and end up tossing out more shitty sentences than you keep.

Write on word warriors!

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