What You Need to Know About Word Count

Today, I wanted to talk to you about word count. Like many others at the moment, I’m reading Rachel Hollis’ new book, Girl, Stop Apologizing, and one of the things she talks about is her super-human-powered focus when it comes to writing (as well as, um, pretty much everything else). She focuses on word count, cranking out something like 2500 words per writing session. (2500 words is 10 pages,) To do this, she removes herself from all distractions, writing in a coffee shop, and she cranks it out. To be clear, I’m not saying that you should be writing that much—not by any stretch. (More on this one in a sec.) I’m using her story as an example, since I’ve been hearing so much about word count lately, and I’m guessing you have, too. So what’s the skinny? Is focusing on word count […]

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