Happy Sunday! Today's post is more of a question, than my opinion (imagine that, lol), and it's about word count. As you write, are you focused on accomplishing knocking out a certain number of words per sitting, or do you concentrate on completing a chapter or editing certain scenes, adding in movement and dialogue tags, etc., regardless of word count, writing until the word flow subsides?
Many new writers ask me about word count, and I suggest that they don't worry about that as much as focusing on completing the journey of their characters in a first draft. Of course if a publisher requires a certain numbers of words for submission, definitely meet those requirements in the end, but as you go along, are you constantly aware of that?
Of course, NaNoWriMo and others are great for encouraging writers to get the words out quickly, but I'm not necessarily talking about those ways of purging words. I'm more interested in writers who sit down to write, and chip away at completing the story over a period of time (more than one month). For the most part, are you someone who counts words as you write, seeing that meeting that number as a successful goal for the day?