What’s your word count this week? (and a few other tid bits)

We’re up to lecture 3!  A lot of writing is being generated for this class.  An awful lot. I’ve read some and looked over a lot of comments and I think some really good stuff is being done.  And on that note, probably some really good stuff is also not getting done.  😉  So, without further ado…well, with a bit more ado we’ll open the comments so we can talk about what’s keeping us from getting our word count done, brag about reaching our goals and maybe mention if what we wrote was any good and what we hope will come out of finishing.

Writing is a process, doing it is the only way to get to the good stuff.  On that note let’s hear a few more quotes that either inspire us or irritate us to no end, I’ll let you decide which are which.

  • “There are no dull subjects. There are only dull writers.”(H. L. Mencken)
  • “Nothing you write, if you hope to be any good, will ever come out as you first hoped.”(LillianHellman)
  • “Writing became such a process of discovery that I couldn’t wait to get to work in the morning: Iwanted to know what I was going to say.”(Sharon O’Brien)
  • “I write to discover what I think. After all, the bars aren’t open that early.” (Daniel J. Boorstin)
  • “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though”  (J.D. Salinger)
  • “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” (Stephen King)
  • “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” (Toni Morrison)
  • “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” (Mark Twain)
  • “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”  (Stephen King)

Ha!  Only dull writers, I love that one.  Feeling inspired now?  Good, give us your weekly word count and tell us a story with it.  Entertain us!

Also, just to keep the spirit of learning alive here’s a link to some TED talks (TED has had some truly epic speakers, check them all out!) on writing.  The post is called 12 Essential TED Talks for Writers and some of them are by quite well known writers and some by not so well known people, but all of the talks are very good.  Here are some blurbs about a few of the 12 to whet your whistle.

  • A.J. Jacobs: Esquire contributor A.J. Jacobs specializes in becoming what he calls a “human guinea pig.” His books explore the consequences of accepting gimmicky but interesting challenges like reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica or spending a year following every tenet of the Bible. He’s proof that a good idea and winning style will get you a long way.
  • Steven Pinker: Philosopher and author Steven Pinker has appeared at TED several times, and in this 2005 address, he uses his time to talk about the unintended and extra effects of the words we use to communicate.
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin: Doris Kearns Goodwin’s presidential histories have earned her a Pulitzer Prize. In 2008, she gave a TED talk about how the ambitions of those presidents can be a model for people today. She’s a great model for writers with a love of history who might be a little overwhelmed at the prospect of bringing the dead to life in the pages of a book.

Now you’re inspired…right?  Did you actually go watch the 12 talks?  I hope so, they are fascinating.

And remember to give us your word count and a story to go along with your word count– basement flooding, too lazy, lost your homework, whatever just tell us about what was going on as you were struggling to write that amazing book that I and all the rest of us want to read so badly!

TED Talks for Writes link again.



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63 comments on “What’s your word count this week? (and a few other tid bits)

  1. By matthewart – August 1, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Some of you guys are real powerhouse beast machines. Very inspiring.

  2. By matthewart – August 1, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    6800 words so far. I’m having a blast.

    watched the first 6 of the Ted talks… gonna watch the rest. Good food for thought.

    happy writing y’all

  3. By Pen Stewart – July 31, 2013 at 10:34 am

    I’m not doing very well, because it’s the first time I try to write in English, witch is not my native language. Basically I end up translating something that I have written in my native language. That simply costs me al lot of time.

    • By tori76 – August 1, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      Just write – don’t worry about us, even if you only manage to translate a couple of thousand words every few weeks, we will be happy to look at it – the important thing is to keep writing.

  4. By LaurenRitz – July 30, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    It appears that I can’t post. I get a “duplicate comment” error.

    • By LaurenRitz – July 30, 2013 at 7:32 pm

      And it looks like it did post the first time, so why the error? Bleh.

      • By TheArtfulJellyfish – July 30, 2013 at 10:43 pm

        It did that to me too! So odd.

  5. By LaurenRitz – July 30, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    About 1200 words today, a little over 2000 yesterday. I should hit 2000 by the end of the day. The book stands at 34k. I am entirely a pantser / discovery writer / gardener, so don’t ask me my expected word-count. 🙂

  6. By MsLanna – July 30, 2013 at 4:08 am

    1500 words.
    My excuse is that I was working as a helper at Star Wars Celebration Europe from Thursday to Sunday. ^.^’

  7. By Michael – July 30, 2013 at 3:01 am

    My word count has not been great recently due to illness 🙁 But I did do some work on the plotline and wrote 750 words last night.

  8. By tori76 – July 30, 2013 at 1:37 am

    Not doing great – only at 434 this week, had a couple of days out with the family and went to a Christening on Sunday. My daughter’s birthday tomorrow, so won’t get much done then and we have friends coming over on Friday to spend the weekend – so I’m going to work hard today and Thursday and catch up next week 🙂

    • By tori76 – July 30, 2013 at 11:27 am

      Woo Hoo – Word count up to 1276 and scene completed / posted.

  9. By TheArtfulJellyfish – July 29, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    I’ve written 7,611 words since the class started, but it’s weird because I haven’t even officially started the book yet. I’ve been writing it out of order, just doodling out whatever random scene I feel like experimenting with as I try to rough out an outline and figure out who my characters are. I really want to get started on the actual first draft, most of these scenes probably won’t even be in the story, but my outline is such a mess and I have so many potential plots that I have no idea what the real one is or where I would start. XD

    • By DeepMagik – July 30, 2013 at 12:56 am

      Keep at it and officially start… lol Might as well. 🙂 Or keep going like that…. whatever works for you.


  10. By KimS2013 – July 29, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    I have struggled this past week with writing. My daughter was in town and it was her last weekend before school officially opens and so we spent a lot of time just eating and talking and shopping and laughing. I will make it up now though. I have a LONG way to go to catch up to some of you guys. Man, y’all are flying through!

    • By TheArtfulJellyfish – July 29, 2013 at 11:22 pm

      Haa, I’m not. Only about 8,000 words written, and they’re not even written in order! But it sounds like you had fun, and that’s good! Sadly enough, spending time with loved ones and working on our stories seems to be a constant battle with us writers. Think it’s important that we find room for both; cheers to you for doing so. =)

  11. By Brock – July 29, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    8600 in the last two weeks!

  12. By Jamie Smith – July 29, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    23K down, though a lot of it’s in note form. 4K this week.

    On a side note, I’ve made a forum for us, if anyone is interested. It’s pretty basic currently, but plenty can be changed if people have any good thoughts. It can be accessed here if people think it’s worth a go: http://z13.invisionfree.com/Write_About_Dragons/

    • By tori76 – July 29, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      Thanks Jamie – I’ve registered and look forward to any discussions generated.

    • By pgibby8 – July 29, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      Sounds great, so I joined. Might help with brainstorming and such.

    • By Selysin – July 29, 2013 at 8:22 pm

      Awesome. Thank you Jamie. I’ve registered and started an introductions thread so we can all say hi to each other.

  13. By HIMluv – July 29, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    So, I actually did really well this last week!

    I wrote a total of 3,437 words this week. I finished chapter 13 and am halfway through 14. Add in about 2,000 words of blog posts and 8 handwritten pages of something new, and I was a busy bee this week.

    But, my responses on here have been minimal. And I feel super guilty. I tried to read and give great comments, but I spent so much time writing, that once I was ready to read submissions, my brain was tuckered out…

    There has to be a balance. I’m sure I’ll find it.

  14. By Ernie – July 29, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    1300/4500 bringing me to about 15% of my goal for the novella. Doing my best to stay within the original confines of the class. School start next week so we’ll see if I can keep up the pace. Still have twin 3 year olds and a very sick/pregnant wife so I only write when they’re all asleep. Managing about 4 hours a night myself.

    • By tori76 – July 30, 2013 at 1:15 am

      I don’t know how you manage – my daughter is 3 on Wednesday, by the time she’s asleep, I’m ready for bed myself – I don’t think I would get anything done with twins.

      • By Ernie – July 30, 2013 at 10:08 am

        🙂 I gave up video games for a few years.

        • By tori76 – August 1, 2013 at 4:09 pm

          Are you giving them up again when the next baby is born?

          I don’t think my husband would last a week if I asked him to give up gaming (firefall and GW2 are his current favorites( 🙂

  15. By Scott B. – July 29, 2013 at 11:54 am

    10,525 words for the week, so I’m pleased to be at 24,242 total after a slow start. My goal is to hit 5k a day, but I’m way short. It’s a high number, but I want to attempt NaNoWriMo this year and this class is helping me build good habits and it’s good to have something to aim at.

    • By Scott B. – July 29, 2013 at 11:55 am

      and that run-on sentence isn’t helping.

    • By pgibby8 – July 29, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      =0 I’m gonna have to step it up if I want to stay ahead lol

      • By Scott B. – July 29, 2013 at 5:33 pm

        I think if you count all the reviews (you’re topping the karma charts I think), then you’ve probably got a few thousand more 🙂

  16. By Kathryn – July 29, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I just passed 15K this weekend, but I’m also not keeping track of daily word counts and maybe I should. I have been trying to write 1000 a day, not always easy with a 13 month old banging on the keyboard with me. Trying to not do any major editing until I’m finished. The internal editor has been gagged but I do go back to tweak little things to help with continuity.

    Loving this class, but I really think it is my critiquing group that has really helped me get back on the writing bandwagon. I really think that has been the most helpful aspect to this whole thing and a new experience for me. The videos are like the icing on the cake.

  17. By Shenanigans – July 29, 2013 at 10:03 am

    I pumped out 9,844 words last week. This week I’m poised to finish the book, sitting on chapter 18 of 22.

    • By Scott B. – July 29, 2013 at 5:30 pm

      That’s a good place to be at!

    • By DeepMagik – July 30, 2013 at 12:55 am

      …aaaannndddd your name is Shenanigans. Awesome.


  18. By Thinker – July 29, 2013 at 9:42 am

    I’m struggling but I’m getting up there, I’m at 1197. I know that’s not much but I’m determined! I am learning a lot in the classes and It’s gotten me to write every day again. Thank you!

    • By DeepMagik – July 29, 2013 at 9:54 am

      We’re glad to hear it, Thinker! We’re all learning and doing some good work and getting better. Keep it up!


  19. By Chesterama – July 29, 2013 at 9:15 am

    I’ve finally been able to get to the 3000 words per week mark. It actually isn’t that difficult anymore now that I’ve gotten a schedule down. I’m creating the habit of sitting down and typing without worrying about editing, and its helped a ton. I’m so glad for this class! Its gotten me writing daily!

    • By DeepMagik – July 29, 2013 at 9:55 am

      Ah, a schedule… you’re ahead of 90% of the people if you’re following it! lol

      This class is grateful to you, all of you are the only reason it works.

  20. By Brian Scott Allen – July 29, 2013 at 7:39 am

    I did about 5k this week bringing my total up to 8.75k total.

  21. By Nathan – July 29, 2013 at 7:18 am

    My word count is still struggling. I am at that point in my story that I am stuck wondering, “What next?” I have later parts in the story figured out, and have even written some of those. I think fear of it sucking is holding me back a bit. I just need to get over it. I will be working on that this week.

    • By Chesterama – July 29, 2013 at 9:16 am

      Good luck, Nathan! You can do it!

    • By DeepMagik – July 29, 2013 at 9:56 am

      Yes, do work on it! Every person who has ever written a word sucked at some point. Just keep writing and you will soon start to unsuck! And we all look forward to you finding that moment.


    • By Scott B. – July 29, 2013 at 11:45 am

      What really helped me is discovering published writers that I respect saying something along the lines of, ‘We all think our work sucks at some point.’ That really surprised me.

      If a particular section has you down, move past it. Come back to the section later and reread it with a fresh eye. You may feel differently about it, or discover that small change that will ‘fix’ it for you.

      It’s also handy to listen to writers talk about having their own stupid issues with grammar or spelling. For the longest time I thought I shouldn’t even try to write because of my issues with both.

  22. By RCrawford – July 29, 2013 at 7:00 am

    I think I did about 8,000 this week? I really need to start keeping track of how much I write per day – I did that once on a different story and I made incredible progress. But my current total for this one is right around 31.5k. I can already tell my pacing needs work – I’m only on chapter 5.
    Not that I’m disappointed about my numbers (I’m honestly surprised how quickly wordcount on this one is climbing) but as a story for why I couldn’t write every day this week, I’ve spent a few days painting the exterior of my aunt’s house – a new type of painting for me. Unfortunately, my family and I don’t have any of those fancy and convenient paint-sprayers contractors use – it’s brushes and rollers for us. On the other hand, it’s only a small one-story (but that’s large enough!) It’s taken six or seven of us multiple days and we’re trying to not have to do many coats. Needless to say, that has been an experience. At least it keeps my writerly muscles from atrophying at my desk.

    • By DeepMagik – July 29, 2013 at 9:58 am

      hahahahah, i’ve been there with the paint rollers myself! I love it. Good outlook on the story!


  23. By Globi – July 29, 2013 at 3:24 am

    Three of my short stories just got accepted for anthologies within a week. I’ve been busy editing and polishing and dealing with editors! My first stories to be published… Now where was that novel manuscript I was working on…?

    • By Globi – July 29, 2013 at 3:54 am

      PS: HOW did I do 55,000 in Nano Last year? I think the key was not editing anything until a month later!

    • By DeepMagik – July 29, 2013 at 9:58 am

      Congrats! That is super awesome!!!


  24. By Deathwreaker – July 29, 2013 at 1:24 am

    I’m at 6k, didn’t have time to write this week unfortunately. But hopefully I’ll be able to catch up this week.

    • By DeepMagik – July 29, 2013 at 9:58 am

      yes, we hope you do catch up! keep at it!


  25. By Masonian – July 28, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    This week I got slammed by the life beast and only wrote about 1500 words. However, this week I rewrote my last chapter, which had gotten away from my outline. (Lettin my garden grow… sometimes you gotta trim)

    But the rewrite puts me back on track and opens up the next chapters, which I’m about to go write in 20 minutes! huzzah!

    I usually would never rewrite in the middle of sprinting to THE END (just ignore, write [fix this] and move on) but I was way out in the weeds with it. Had to reign it in and “solve” one of the world building problems it raised.

  26. By JohnMc – July 28, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    About 2700 this week, which makes about 6400 total in three weeks.

      • By JohnMc – July 29, 2013 at 10:33 am

        Oh, I’m happy with it. There will be a terrible problem at about 25,000 words–there always is for me.

        I think the keys for me are (1) scheduling time, (2) keeping to the schedule, and (3) having something to write about. The first to are obvious, but for me I’ve noticed that the times when I’ve gone through a writing drought are when I’ve finished (or been stalled) on something and the next thing to write isn’t obvious.

        Ideas–even characters–are cheap. I can write a thousand words a day easily. But the idea and characters have to grab me, and sometimes that’s a matter of timing. Persistence and habit help, though, and I haven’t been good about that.

  27. By Paige – July 28, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Came in at about 2,300 words this week. I’m finally getting some momentum that I hope develops further over the next few weeks. I’ve noticed that if I can simply get myself writing right away, I get in the zone and enjoy writing enough to not be distracted. On the other hand, if I open the computer and say: “I’ll just check up on Facebook and a few other time-wasting sites before I begin,” the next thing I know, 2 hours have passed and I haven’t even begun. Then I sit there and struggle with how much time I wasted and how I’ve only got a little bit left before I have to go to work and end up too discouraged to make any progress (I give up too easily). So it’s writing first- check other stuff last!

    This class has been not only an exercise in writing well, but also in self-discipline/control!

  28. By pgibby8 – July 28, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    9482 words, though I’m shooting to get up to 10,500 by the end of the day. I’ve been pretty busy this week, so I fell a bit behind my 11k of last week.

  29. By Jovian – July 28, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Well, not good this week, even worse than last week. This week is at 325, last week was a rewrite of chapter 1 that was a vast improvement, but only added about 400 to 500 words. Week 1 was draft one and two of Chapter 1 which is currently 3,077 words. I try to write whenever I can find or make time. It is not always easy, but I knew time management would be an issue going into this and it did not stop me from going on with the class. It may side track me, but I will not stop. I won’t list the reasons or excuses, some are interchangeable. You never know, I may pound out 10,000 this week. It depends on my muse, he is bound and gagged in the ditch in my yard, I may let him out to play……or at least use for target practice.

    • By DeepMagik – July 29, 2013 at 10:01 am

      So long as you don’t stop. I agree, that’s the key to success. Just keep taking one more step.

  30. By DMarsh – July 28, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    I got in 1K this morning and that’s a great morning. That’s what I can say. The story is progressing.

    • By DeepMagik – July 29, 2013 at 10:00 am

      Good work. a thousand is nothing to sneeze at! looking forward to hearing about you finishing!


  31. By jkenton – July 28, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    About 6K this week.

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