Friday, March 11, 2011


Word counts.  Turn them off.  I used to use the live word counter in MS Word.  But I found myself constantly looking at it.  Gauging my worth as a writer by it.  Usually I do an end of the day check to see how many words I've written and I've put myself on a strict schedule.  Sometimes you need to do that, like when you have a deadline looming.

But sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel is blinding and you just need to focus on putting one foot in front of the other so that you don't trip and fall.

And by you, I mean me.

Seeing the forest for the trees is great and all but sometimes the trees are pretty too.

I need a nap.


  1. I had to stop thinking about this, too. I still check every few days, just as a vague idea of completeness since I have a complete beginning and end and am fleshing out the middle -- but I had to stop myself from obsessing over those dang numbers.

  2. the trees are definitely pretty. And really, if you don't slow down and focus on the trees, you really can't appreciate the whole forest experience anyways ;-)

    And ditto on the nap....It's only 8:30, on a Friday night, and I'm totally crashing :D


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