Word (Count) Games by Rebecca Heflin

Numbers GameAs authors, we’re always looking for ways to increase our daily or weekly word count, right? Some popular methods include writing sprints, social media challenges, NaNoWriMo, software programs that eat your words if you stop typing (YIKES!), and many more.

Recently, I stumbled onto a game I play with myself that works very well for me. In fact, it’s more than doubled my word count goal for the day, so I thought I’d share.

Let’s say my word count goal for the day is 1500 words. I might hit that, then look at my total word count and see that I’m only 523 words short of hitting a nice round number, like 15,000 total words in my WIP. I hit 15,000 words, and see that I’m only 477 words from hitting 2500 words for the day, so I keep writing. When I come up for air, I’m now at 2643 words for the day, which means I’m now only 384 words from 16,000. When I hit the 16,000 total word mark, I’m at 3,027 words for the day! Twice my word count goal!

This method/game has resulted in more words written in a shorter period of time than any other method I’ve tried.

What’s your method for getting more words on the screen?

About Rebecca Heflin

I've dreamed of writing romantic fiction since I was fifteen and my older sister sneaked a copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss' Shanna to me and told me to read it. Now I write women's fiction and contemporary romance under the name Rebecca Heflin. In case you're wondering, Rebecca Heflin is an abbreviated version of my great-great grandmother's name: Sarah Anne Rebecca Heflin Apple Smith. Whew! And you wondered why I shortened it. When not passionately pursuing my dream, I am busy with my day-job at a large state university or running the non-profit cancer organization my husband and I founded. I'm a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Florida Romance Writers, RWA Contemporary Romance, Savvy Authors, and Florida Writers Association. My mountain-climbing husband and I live at sea level in sunny Florida.
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8 Responses to Word (Count) Games by Rebecca Heflin

  1. scmitchell says:

    I’ve tried watching YouTube videos, reading, and playing computer games, but none of those seem to be working to increase my daily word count. 😉

  2. sueberger3 says:

    Oddly enough answering email and promoting my book doesn’t count as words. When I write I either depend on. NaNoWriMo or set a timer. My last revision was done with timers. I have to have accountability so I depend on my critique group which just broke up.

  3. Cindy Tomamichel says:

    Spreadsheet and a graph showing progress is good, and spurs you on when under target. I also do NaNoWriMo.

  4. Beth Carter says:

    I simply set the timer on my microwave for forty minutes. When it goes off, I go the the restroom at the far end of the house, do a lap or two, refill my coffee, and set the timer for another forty minutes again and again. I’ll do this several times in an afternoon and always get a lot done, whether new words, rewrites, or edits. It forces me to focus. When I get up and realize it hasn’t gone off, I make myself sit back down! Lol.

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