As 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?