50,000 words. That’s the goal of NaNoWriMo. But writers are always, always, ALWAYS forgetting one very important thing…
“50,000 words,” you breathe as you pound your keyboard, eyes flicking to the word count bar.
Everything seems to be going great: you outlined you’re entire book in Preptober, you know exactly where things are going and what you want, and you’re already getting idea for possible beta readers once you’re all done writing this whopper of a book.
But then…things being to spiral downward. You dump information on readers, you’re writing things that have no right to be there, your characters are acting strange and-horror of horrors-your word count is not growing.
In fact, you almost swear it’s going downwards…
This is why I’ve never done NaNoWriMo before. I used to be so afraid that after all my blood, sweat, and tears over plotting my book, I would end up throwing it into the trash just because I couldn’t reach a specific word limit.
But that’s not what should be happening.
So here’s my piece of writing advice to your guys today: your word count does not matter as much as you think it does.
Yes, it matters when you’re trying to figure out whether your book is a novel or an epic, or maybe when you’re pitching it to an agent/publisher, but do you really think readers care about any of that?
I’m going to ask you this: when was the last time you counted the amount of words a physical book had? Have you ever stared at the pages, tallying the numbers for so long your eyes grew bloodshot?
My guess is no. Because the idea is so absurd.
Word count is extremely self-gratifying, no doubt about it! It’s a fantastic way to set a goal, and can be extremely helpful in certain situations.
But don’t make it the purpose of your book. Because if readers can’t see the word count and the sole point of your book is only to write 50,000 random words then they won’t see any point at all.
Be proud of how much you write. But just realize-especially at the start of NaNoWriMo and moving forward-at the end of the day, your readers will never see your word count. It will never be their last thoughts as they close your book with a happy sigh.
What you want in their minds is your book. Your story. Your truths.
So don’t give them numbers…give them that.
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