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Word Count: How high can you go?


Word count. Something that is important to any story. Some people go for daily word counts, others for weekly word counts. In the end, no matter the pace, getting the words down is the key to writing any story.

Some people only write a couple hundred words per day and others can knock out a whopping 10k. As long as writing gets done and the words make it to paper, then who can judge by the amount?

This brings me to National Novel Writing Month. A challenge to push writers to their limits and try to write 1,667 words per day, for a whopping 50,000 in a month.

I’m participating, though not going for the 50k. My goal is to finish my novel, Tales of The Forbidden, for which I expect to need a rough 30,000 words total. 1,000 words every day.

I’ve put two days behind me and am at 2,222 words – right on track. Here’s hoping this writing pace keeps up and that, at the end of the month, I’ll have a completed first draft!

That would be one book (of that series) down, three more to go! We’ll see how it turns out. Happy NaNoWriMo, everyone!

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? What are your goals and how are they panning out so far?

Author: Natasha McNeely

I'm a writer, reader, gamer and a dreamer. I love losing myself to thought and considering possibilities. That is how I create my stories and weave the erratic tales into readable ones.

14 thoughts on “Word Count: How high can you go?

  1. Good luck with your word count. I think 50k is doable for a first draft, maybe even more than that, at around 70k (which is what I might shoot for if I do two novellas, 35k each), but I think people need to understand there’s so much more work to it than the first draft, and the first draft is the part that should come the fastest, because you’re essentially getting the idea out.

    At least that’s how I see it. =)

    • Thanks! It is doable, but 50k is a rather short novel and I’m going more for the average novel length, which tends to be around 80k – 90k. Something like that.
      That does sound like a good plan for your two novellas!
      It should come the fastest, but only if things go the way they’re meant to. Each person writes differently.

  2. Best of luck with NaNoWriMo! I’m not participating this year, even to my own ends (last year I set my own NaNo goal, and reached it! Hooray!). I have editing deadlines to meet instead. 😉

    One of the things I’m finding with writing to a word count in any instance is being able to be vastly wrong in my estimation for the final count of a story. It’s fine when I write to a goal/limit for the first draft, but so far, the final word count in every instance has varied wildly from my initial plans. That’s not a bad thing, it’s just what I’ve noticed!


    • Thank you very much! Well, editing is just as important as writing. Good luck to you with your goals!

      I’ve noticed that, too. Sometimes the estimate is different than how it actually turns out. It’s one of the interesting aspects of the writing process; finally seeing the finished project in its entirety.

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  7. Good luck in Nano. My goal is to write 75K this month, even though it’s my first time participating. I think it’s doable since I’m currently jobless. I believe I’m on track as well. My biggest problem is that I tend to edit while writing, so i get this scene in my head and can’t get it right on paper. And I keep at it…over and over. So I don’t get anything done. I was inspired by the forums to highlight everything black while I write so that I know I’m writing, but I can’t go back and re-read. Hopefully, this will keep me on track.

    • Good luck to you, as well! I had that problem as well, but in the end, it’s all a matter of self-control. Don’t allow yourself to go back and edit. It sounds easier than it is, but it’s actually not that difficult once you get in the habit of it.
      The highlighting sounds like a plan, too. I hope it works out for you!

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  9. Yes! I love your attitude. I am also doing Nanowrimo. I am doing a completely new idea that came to me two days before kick off. Past Nano’s I had a much better footing than I do now. Its not something I am worried about right now. I want the story to find its way. Good luck to you and your first draft of novel 1 in the three part series! I like the sounds of that.

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