Twitchy eye syndrome set in a few minutes ago when I started to write this blog. I was in a tizzy, worrying about my word count...trying hard to understand if I'm doing something wrong in how I'm counting them...
In a way, I have...I've relied on my computer to tell me what my word count is for as long as I've been doing this...(the past 2 1/2 years! LOL)
Yes, I'm guilty of allowing my computer tell me what to do (shhh...)
Then it strikes me- what about that 250 wpp x page count thing I had nearly forgotten from years ago when researching about writing and publishing and submissions, etc...
Oh, yeah...Times your total pages by 250 (approximate words per page) and you'll have your word count. The one you should probably rely on when submitting. I also remembered I have the link in my favorites for The Passionate Pen site and guess what- Jenna Petersen recommends going by the 250 by page count. http://www.passionatepen.com/formatarticle.htm
Here I've been thinking that my manuscripts are WAY too short because they are only around 55K-70K when I type "The End." I've already revised one novel and brought the word count up into the 80k range only to discover I have 400 pages and guess what??? 400 X 250= 100,000 words by that count. A bit TOO long, don't you think?
Man I feel like an idiot!!!
I went back and looked over the ones I haven't revised or added more to and guess what? They actually come close to being in a proper range already! Ha! I've been stressing and adding so much more to bring up that computer generated word count. I'm glad I caught myself before I revised my little brains out and THEN came to this realization! Lord help me, I would have spent weeks and months making possible unnecessary changes or additions that I might not need to. Doesn't hurt that I copied the original file so I've still got my original first draft to fall back to if I screwed up royally during revisions and need to back track to what I had originally.
Time to take the amount of pages into account, too!
Which means now I can start revisions and polishing, editing and checking grammar and deciding if any of the "new scenes" I added are worth keeping or tossing. If I find something that doesn't suit the story, I can take it out or add something in, but also KNOW my correct range and not only that, but perhaps if I don't spend the next few months struggling to fluff the stories, I'll be able to start writing and sending out query letters that much sooner.
And start writing my next novel sooner, too. (and maybe with a bit of a better head on my shoulders! LOL)
Come on- laugh with me or at me...take your pick! LOL
I'll leave on this note tonight after my gaffe for the day- a cute story-
I was sitting here at the computer this evening and my daughter was bouncing a ball to my left. I glanced over and saw one of those huge jumping brown spiders. You know the kind that run fast and sometimes "jump" and they have toothpicks for legs? Well, it was crawling on the recliner and I gasped and told my daughter to get back, away from the chair. My husband asks what it was and I pointed to the spider and tried to spit the word out (I hate hate hate spiders- especially those kind). He grabbed a tennis shoe and came toward it and it moved away from him just as he was about to squash it and gets up on the arm of the chair. My daughter's squealing "Daddy, get it! It's going to get on you!"
I'm panicking and about to come up out of my chair if it gets on our dark burgundy carpet because I know it will blend in and get away. He brings the shoe down on it and says. "It's not going to get on jack now."
It was dead and he was looking for a tissue or something to get it off the chair and our daughter goes- "Who's Jack?"
Ahhhh....the mentality of a 6 year old!
Good night- hopefully I'll be thinking more clearly tomorrow.