I first met Ralene Burke at a ACFW conference and then worked with her on one of my novels. She’s such a sweetie and a talented lady. Today, she’s talking about word count. Take it away, Ralene!
Writers tend to groan when we’re asked about our word count goals. They seem to be a source of stress and guilt. But that isn’t the intent behind goals at all! Word counts are goals for our writing, not commandments set in stone.
People often mistake goals for being unmovable. If you don’t achieve exactly what you set out to do, you have failed. Not so. Goals are guidelines that provide encouragement and motivation to keep us going. (Click to tweet.)
My daily writing goal is to write 1,500 words between seven and nine in the morning, Monday-Friday. It’s when I’m most alert and creative. Plus, my mind has had all night to subconsciously work through plot and character stuff.
Don’t have the time yet for a daily word count goal? Shoot for a weekly goal! Sometimes life just doesn’t allow us to write every day. It’s okay. Any goal will get you started.
Benefits of a word count goal:
- It gives you something to work for. Don’t make it so easy that you’ll hit it all the time with tons of time to spare. Let it challenge you without being overwhelming.
- It’s encouraging to see the word count climb at a steady pace. This way, you have measurable proof that progress is being made!
- Routine can actually be good for writers and the creative process. Muses are great, but they aren’t as necessary as we think they are.
- Challenge and competition: Did you make your word count last week? Up the count this time! Do word sprints with your writer friends. Write nonstop for 20 minutes just to see how far you get.
In the end, word counts will help us become better writers, and writers that churn out stories!
Do you have a word count goal?
Bellanok is a haven for myths and legends . . . until evil discovers a way in. Now the fairy queen, Fauna, must journey from the island realm to the modern world to find the man the Creator appointed to save their kingdom. A man she has been dreaming of her whole life.
Brian is a down-on-his-luck pastor on the verge of giving up on God. He’s tired and frustrated–a failure. No sooner does he make a decision that jeopardizes his career than an unusual blonde woman shows up and tries to convince him he is some kind of savior.
Fauna must open Brian’s eyes to a different reality, and Brian needs to embrace the haven’s secrets. If neither of them succeeds, Bellanok will succumb to evil and the world will lose all trace of innocence.
Whether she’s wielding a fantasy writer’s pen, a freelance editor’s sword, or a social media wand, Ralene Burke always has her head in some dreamer’s world. And her goal is to make it SHINE! Her first novel, Bellanok, is published as a 4-part serial! You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, or at her website.