Tweeted this today:
While we’re on the subject, I’m also not a huge fan of writers telling me how many words they’ve written today/this week/etc. Here’s why:
1) It’s meaningless
“I’ve written 2300 words today!” doesn’t mean “I’ve written 2300 good words.”
2) It’s wasteful
Think of all the words you could write while not Tweeting or Facebooking about what a great writer you are.
3) It’s boring
And if it bores me, what do you think it does to people who have 0 interest in writing?
If my plumber friend announced on Twitter how many toilets he’d unclogged that day, and what that gave him as a total for the month, I’d think it was a helpful insight into his world – just this once.
But if he did it again, and again, every day? I’d eventually stop following him.
Do you really think your word count is more interesting than a toilet tally? It isn’t. So stop telling me about it and go write a story that is.