I have found that when I record the number of words I’ve written every day, I hold myself MUCH MORE accountable… er… to me. It’s rather like eating or exercising. When you write down everything you shoot past your lips, you get a fairly accurate reading on how many calories you have eaten. When you put on the timer and exercise, v.s. “oh, that’s good enough; I’ve got other things to do now,” then you know exactly how much you’ve exercised.
Do the same with writing. Record your daily word count. I used to record emails and journaling, and would have counted my blogs, too, but I don’t do that any more. It feels like I’m cheating. My DWC (daily word count) is for actual someday-this-puppy’s-gonna-get-published writing, even if it’s background stuff, or very drecky rough draft stuff.
So, write, and record. Hold yourself accountable.
I’m going to start being more conscious of my word count for a different reason. I tend to be too wordy and I realize in retrospect I could have saved myself a lot of work if I had been more conscious of how long my story was getting.
Interesting twist, Natalie. Thanks for posting. I’ve been told I have the gift of gab. But for me, written words are… work!
Interesting idea…I may have to try it.