Total words, ESTC: 11,553
Total words today: 1,565
11,553 / 50,000
See? I just have to open a file, decide what topic I’m going to work on that isn’t research-dependent (tonight it was journaling), and go. Well, that and take The Tragically Hip out of my playlist rotation. And switch off the router so that I can’t go online, and so the whine cuts out. I never really notice how insidious the whine of the router is until I turn it off, and then I wonder how I can concentrate on anything with it going.
Just to make a point to myself, I worked out some numbers as I calculated this evening’s word count. Turns out I’m already ahead of this week’s must-be-at-this-total-by-the-end-of-Friday-to-be-on-schedule word count. Every little bit over the daily word quota helps. And my natural need to push the envelope to give myself breathing room means that I automatically artificially inflate the daily quota. I am so good at doing this that I have been firmly misremembering the daily quota as being 1,300 instead of 1,200. So with my (misremembered) daily quota being 1,300, I’ve been unofficially aiming for a minimum 1,500 each day in order to create a safety net. That’s 300 words over my actual quota. Three days of that and I’m almost 1K ahead of the game. And that’s assuming I don’t fly past my quota mark, which usually happens.
There’s a lot more going on than quantity, of course. What I’m writing is important. I don’t like to put it down unless it sounds decent. It’s just that publishers like tidy numbers when you hand everything in, and aiming for the general figure they’ve asked for or you’ve pitched helps you grasp how much room you have to fill and move around in. The wordmeter is an artifical judge of how complete a work is. But it shows you how many miles there are to go, even if it doesn’t show you how to get there. The earlier I finish the rough draft, the sooner I can polish it.