by Phoenix A. Desertsong, Staff Writer, Healer & Advocate
Why do I care so much about word count? Perhaps, it is a bad habit picked up from the "glory days" of my freelance writing career. But word count has always been an important statistic for me. It's a measure of output. I try to write at least 200 words in every essay or prose piece that I write. Otherwise, it feels too short to bother, right?
Well, there was once a writing site that had an absurdly low character count (not words) requirement to post something. I'll be honest. In retrospect, I don't think it was a good thing. However, short is not bad. But giving the words purpose is the key. I feel that if I can't write at least 200 words about something, I probably shouldn't bother.
This is where I get myself into trouble, eschewing good topics because I don't have enough words. But even when I save blurbs to expand on later, ninety percent of the time I never do. They just sit there on my back burner. But is that actually a problem?
I feel like counting words is like counting calories. It's good to be aware of them, but you can get too obsessed. The general idea is fine, but you can go overboard. Yeah, you can actually write too many words just like you can binge on a greasy donut (yummy!)
But wait, how can you write too many words? By this I mean writing for the sake of hitting a goal. Then, the writing just goes downhill and reads forced. And who wants that? That's why as of writing this essay I no longer care about my word count in each thing that I write, because if I'm not writing it for an assignment, then why should it matter?
But you know that I'll check anyway...
~ Phoenix <3
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Often known by her nickname "Ami," Ms. Phoenix Amelia Desertsong has written for many online publications, often under pen names.