18 July : Word counts #wpad

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Love them or loathe them word counts are an essential part of being a writer and the thing we become obsessive about (well maybe just me).

• If I write five hundred words then I can reward myself with fifteen minutes on twitter and facebook.

• 45 minutes of radio should be approximately 7500 words. Heck I’ve written over 10,000 words – HELP!

• If I make the font size larger then does that mean that I can write less?

• If I make the font size smaller can I write more?

• Does anybody else think that word count matters?

• Does writing 140 characters constitute as actual writing?

I tend to be of the type that writes too much and then has to trim the fat from the script, rather than having to pan something out. I think being like this must be better than not having enough words on the page and then having to add dialogue to meet the word count.

Most writers are probably used to having to work to word counts anyway. Those who went to university had word counts drummed into them for three years (unless a Maths graduate etc). Any publication that is written for generally follows a word count too.

It’s a useful way to write anyway, given that it trains the writer to be economical with their words. I for one can waffle for England with my fingers.

This is a post for http://www.writesofluid.com blog writing challenge. One blog post a day for all of July.

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