Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Word Count Wednesday

Before we check in for Word Count Wednesday, I just want to thank all my new campaigner friends and blog hop friends. It’s been so fun to meet you all and I’m really looking forward to getting to know you better. Also, don't forget that today is the last day to enter the Awesome August blog hop from my Monday post. Go here for details.

This week has been good and bad for me. Bad, because I’m dealing with some insomnia issues and instead of lying in my bed waiting for sleep or doing one more cockamamie remedy which is “sure to work,” I’ve been up writing. So, the good news is I got 4880 words this week. Woohoo! And my characters are at a big turning point in the story so it will be easy to continue.

As I've been wide awake these days I've been thinking a lot about my writing process. I think it’s sort of like when our family rented some tandem bikes and I was paired with my seventeen-year old son. He was in front, steering, and I was behind, pedaling. We went down a large hill, and, honestly, it scared me. Not because I didn’t trust my son, but I wasn’t steering, I couldn’t see what was ahead, and we were going very fast. All I could do was keep my feet to the pedals and hang on.

To me, writing is a lot like that sometimes. We can’t see what’s ahead, and most of the time other people like publishers, agents, or even marketing must-do lists are steering us. And it may feel like we’re just along for the ride and it can be scary. But I think if we hang on, and let go of some fears, we’ll eventually feel the wind in our hair and we can enjoy the ride that comes with every writing journey and experience. At least I hope I can.

How did you do with your word count this week?

13 comments:

Melanie Goldmund said...

How I learned to stop worrying and love the novella. Or at least tried.

I finally decided that I would force myself to stop obsessing about the 5000 word limit and simply write. This is hard because I am a natural-born, nail-chompin' worrier, but I managed to get in three writing sessions this week and, if I recorded it correctly, about 1300 words. I think that's worth a chocolate or two, don't you?

*hands around Lindt Lindor pralines*

Julie Coulter Bellon said...

Melanie, that's totally worth a chocolate! Congrats! And I totally understand about the worrying thing. We are birds of a feather on that score. :)

Sarah Pearson said...

I won't think about this week's word count, instead I'll concentrate on next week's :-)

Charlie Moore said...

After a day trip to SLC to the Church History Library for needed research I moved from 22,200 words to 23,200+ words in one of my WIP's.
So just over 1000 words. No chocolate, but I did take several generous sips from my 24 oz. Pepsi.

Charlie

Angie said...

Congrats on the word count, but sorry about the insomnia! That's the worst. I like your bike analogy. I do feel that way sometimes. My word count (or page count rather) hasn't been so great the past few weeks. But I'm still trying. Still plugging along. I'm hoping to write 13 this week, though so far I only have three. I feel less stuck than I did, though.

Julie Coulter Bellon said...

Sarah, that's a good plan. :)

Charlie, my interet is piqued about why you would need to research there for your WIP.

Angie, that's awesome. I hate the stuck feeling.

I think we all deserve a treat today. For me, I'm going to indulge in some homemade cinnamon rolls. They smell soooo good right now. :)

Stephanie Black said...

After a crazy summer, I'm finally back to working on my WIP. I've written about 2000 words this week and am back to bribing myself with See's chocolates (as suggested by Melanie Jacobson).

Tina DC Hayes said...

Hi Julie,
Hope you get over the insomnia soon. I get that sometimes myself, sometimes yoga right before bed helps.

I've been polishing up two synopses so I haven't got to add any wordcount this week, but hope to this weekend

Julie Coulter Bellon said...

Stephanie, that's great! I can't wait for your new book release. Is it next month?

Tina, thanks. I haven't tried yoga yet, but now that you mention it, I will definitely try that. I hate insomnia. :(

Crystal said...

Aw, sorry to hear about the insomnia - I have to put up with it, too, and it SUCKS! It's great that you turned a lemon into lemonade, though, and used it to get some writing done.

Also? You are SO right - being a writer can be very scary, but you just have to hang on in.

Debbie said...

Hi Julie,

I liked your bike analogy and well done on your word count. Last week I managed to get 4,000 words for the re-writes of my first novel, but only about 2,000 this week. I'm hoping to pick up the pace next week.

I'm also doing the campaign for the first time and really enjoying meeting so many wonderful writers. Thanks for posting on my blog and I look forward to seeing more of you during the campaign. I certainly hope you get over that insomnia real soon!

Math Games for Kids said...

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Julie Coulter Bellon said...

Crystal and Debbie, insomnia is awful, but I'm glad to have some sympathy. :)

Welcome Math Games!