Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Road Trip Wednesday - Best Book of August


Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ from YA Highway where each week there is a writing- or reading-related question for us to answer. Check out YA Highway to follow along with everyone who participates. :-)
This Week's Topic:
What's the best book you've read in August?

 My pick for August:

Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles

I seriously can't get enough of Simone's books and this one is my new favorite. Of course, each book I read by her is my new favorite, but until she comes out with the next one, this one is taking the cake. If you haven't yet read this series, you should definitely do so. They are all kinds of awesome!

So how about you? What has been the best book you've read this month? 

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Words Count

I've heard that the more books you write, the less you think about word count or how much you've written in a sitting. You just write.

I'm not to that point yet, as I tend to use word count as a form of motivation. I aim for a minimum of 1500 words a day. Some days I accomplish that goal and some days I don't even come close to it.

Recently, I've been blowing that goal out of the water and because of it, I'm in a constant state of giddy happiness. I'm sleep deprived, over caffeinated, and totally neglecting my house, but I feel GREAT.

Likewise, when I'm not meeting my writing goals, I'm despondent and feel like finishing this book will never happen.

I realize I'm probably not alone in this way of operating and that makes me feel much better about my little obsession with daily word counts. Sometimes I wonder how many books it will take me to get to that comfortable place where I no longer think about the number of words in my manuscript.

Until then I'll just keep wishing for more giddy high word count days. It's really much better for everyone in my household.

What about you? Do you share my obsession with words? Do you have a system for keeping up with the number of words you've written each day?