Writing Word Counts

My current individual "word" stats are listed below. Happy counting!

July-August 2020

  • 08/13/20: 2,987 (BLST)

  • 08/12/20: 1,881 (BLST)

  • 08/11/20: 2,843 (BLST)

  • 08/10/20: 1,427 (BLST)

  • 08/08/20: 3,481 (BLST)

  • 08/07/20: 2,264 (BLST)

  • 08/04/20: 1,284 (BLST)

  • 08/03/20: 2,534 (BLST)

  • 08/02/20: 1,856 (BLST)

  • 08/01/20: 3,746 (BLST)

  • 07/30/20: 2,901 (BLST)

  • 07/28/20: 2,441 (BLST)

  • 07/27/20: 2,696 (BLST)

  • 07/26/20: 3,095 (BLST)

  • 07/25/20: 2,929 (BLST)

  • 07/23/20: 2,281 (BLST)

  • 07/20/20: 2,699 (BLST)

  • 07/14/20: 2,414 (BLST)

  • 07/12/20: 2,329 (BLST)

  • 07/10/20: 5,224 (BLST)

  • 07/08/20: 1,928 (BLST)

  • 07/07/20: 1,423 (BLST)

  • 07/06/20: 1,946 (BLST)

  • 07/05/20: 1,690 (BLST)

  • 07/04/20: 2,710 (BLST)

  • 07/03/20: 2,230 (BLST)

  • 07/01/20: 3,532 (BLST)

*KEY: "BLST" = Bloodlust by Deborah O'Toole writing as Deidre Dalton.


About Writing Word Counts

If I wasn't an author, I'd probably be a statistician. It's just in my nature to organize and track data of all kinds, especially information pertinent to my writing and all else related. I'm a Virgo, which might explain the tendency.

Since May 2010, I've kept track of my writing word counts. The process was inspired by the Inkygirl Wordcount Challenge. I try not to put pressure on myself in order to keep the creative juices flowing, and always forgive myself if I fall short of the challenge.

Inkygirl Wordcount Challenge

Someone once asked me if it was time-consuming to track daily word counts, inferring it was an unnecessary task. However, the process takes mere seconds when using Microsoft Word. I can track entire documents, words as I type them or specific selections (such as paragraphs and sentences) with the click of a mouse.

For instance, the above paragraph contains fifty-three words. In Microsoft Word, simply select the text to be counted and glance at the status bar at the bottom of the page. If it's a large document but you only want to count specific text, the status bar will read "53/650" (text selected as opposed to the word count of the entire document). It's quick, easy and painless. Therefore, not time-consuming in the least.

Writers who plan to submit their work to traditional publishers typically have to provide a manuscript word count anyway, so keeping track from the get-go is a good idea.