Word Count Goals: Why you Need Them


For those of us trying to finish our novel while working full time, breaking our novel down into smaller, more manageable, mini-goals is an indispensable strategy to finishing the novel.

Developing Daily Goals

If you have a specific word count target for your manuscript, dividing that number by 60 or 90 days will give you a decent word count goal to start with.

More likely, though, you aren’t sure how long the finished product should be. In this case, setting a daily goal is vital.

A realistic goal to start with is 750 words each day (most people find that this takes them about an hour). As you make progress in your novel, adjust that number up or down to better reflect the amount of work you realistically complete each day. Setting a realistic goal like this has several advantages:

  • Motivation: Tracking the number of words you write each day is very motivational. The positive feedback of watching your word count increase daily sparks a sense of excitement each time you sit down.

  • Accountability: A word count goal holds you accountable, even if only to yourself. We all need to be needed, and your story needs you. No one else can finish it but you.

  • Consistency: All hard things require consistency. A word count goal gives you the impetus to show up. Some days showing up is all we can do.

All you need to create a word count goal is a calendar and some markers. At the end of each day, if you completed your goal, write your word count in green.

If you did not complete your goal, put your calendar away and get back to writing!

Better yet, just set your daily writing goals up in Wordslingr and write every single day. We will let you know when you hit your goal.

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