Writing isn’t all about word count

As of today, I haven't written one new word on a short story, micro-fiction, or The Yak Guy Project since last Monday. I want to, but writing has additional obligations these days.

If I don't promote myself, nobody else will either. This means sticking a toe into new things and expanding my reach. I spent a considerable amount of time getting into Facebook. This includes months of waiting for the artwork to make it perfect. I used the waiting time to piece together the Warhol/Harrington on yesterday's blog post. This sort of thing takes me forever, because I'm not talented that way.

As a result, both the Entertaining Stories, and Lisa Burton Facebook pages were well received. Friends offered me some suggestions about groups, and I'll get there too. Right now, I'm making and accepting friend requests, answering questions, that kind of thing. It's new (to me) and there is a learning curve.

In addition, I used a cool app called PhotoFunia to manipulate some pictures into fun frames and situations. I used these to post the Facebook sites on Twitter. My favorite involved Lisa on the cover of Vogue magazine. Cheesy? Sure, but it catches the eye in the tornado of information on Twitter, and maybe someone will visit the sites.

Several friends invited their social circles to visit the new sites, and I am eternally grateful for you guys.

While all of this was happening, I also exchanged ideas for the cover of The Playground. It seems minimal, and on a writing day it usually is. It might even wait, but there is a danger to putting stuff off too.

Right after I pushed all the buttons yesterday, I made sourdough bread. This one is an oatmeal honey whole wheat bread. I have this cool chokecherry honey I used. It may, or may not, involve chokecherry pollen, but there is a bit of chokecherry juice stirred into it. It even separates and requires stirring. It sounds strange, but it's wonderful. I set the dough out to raise before checking on social media again.

Sourdough usually takes a long time to raise, and I expected to bake it Sunday. I wound up baking it today, and had some for lunch. It turned out amazing. I think the yeast has a thing for chokecherry honey, and that's why it was faster.

We went to the 12, now 13 year old granddaughter's birthday last night. She had friends over for a slumber party, so we took the little ones home for the night. They were pretty crazy after cupcakes and pizza, and you can imagine it wasn't a perfect writing environment. This morning was calmer, but it's hard to write over the top of Ninja Turtles cartoons.

I managed to box up the first 3000 words of The Yak Guy Project and send them to my critique group. It's always nerve wracking showing them something new, but it's one of the best training grounds I have access too.

Tonight is date night, and tomorrow I dedicate my mornings to my parents. All of these people are important to me, and I can't be a writer every minute away from the paycheck job.

I consider it a very successful weekend, and I may snitch a bit of time tomorrow. My wife has to work, and there is still a possibility of some new words. The Facebook pages are live after months of planning. I managed to ship out my critique submission, and worked Twitter regarding my Facebook project. I also updated this blog twice, and will probably post again tomorrow.

There is writing, and then there is writing. This weekend I expanded my footprint, and that's progressive.

I did all of this while still hanging out with my grandchildren, having date night, and will spend some telephone time with my parents tomorrow. I may even have some sourdough toast for breakfast.

How do you guys feel about it? Does anything beyond new words count as writing to you? It has to count that way for me.


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33 responses to “Writing isn’t all about word count

  1. Yeah, I wish writing were just sitting and working on projects, but there is so much more to it than that. Glad your promotion experiments seem to be yielding fruit!

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  2. Ali Isaac

    Being a writer involves more than just writing. So it definitely all counts. You were BUSY this weekend! And what is a choke berry? Never heard of them! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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  3. Writing takes many forms. I think it is all good.

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  4. Honestly, I feel that writing is more than the words you put on the page. It’s the ideas in your head and even a single thought about the story can count as progress. Good luck with Facebook. Not very active on it myself, so I’m curious to see what you can do.

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  5. I didn’t get any editing done today, and that frustrated me. But I reminded myself I set up a newsletter widget on my blog and I ordered author business cards. So while I wasn’t working on my manuscript, I was working on my writing career, just like you were with your FB pages. So yeah, that counts, right? We gotta do what we gotta do.

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  6. It all counts! Yay!! Marketing/promoting is as big a part of writing as anything. If you forego that, no one knows who you are or what you write, and of course wouldn’t generate interest. It’s a balancing act and kuddos to you- it sounds like you’re handling it brilliantly! I’d be glad to share/tweet any of your pages if you’d like. Just send me the links! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  7. Absolutely. As you know, writing takes many forms. IMHO, as long as you’re working toward your goals (whether that’s selling or producing more content, regardless of the medium) it counts.

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  8. You’re always on the ball with exploring opportunities. I need to get back to regular blogging and expanding my footprint.

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  9. Fascinating about the chokeberry honey — it may well speed up the yeast. We don’t have that locally.
    I think all writing counts. At least, for me it does. As does organizing notes and timelines and scenes. It’s all part of the process.

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  10. I want to go back to bed just READING about spending all that time on FB — it makes me crazy. What I fixed for dinner, various political fringe postings, the constant changes of the format itself – and ALL those ads!

    Good for you – I will be eager to see how that time works out for you – and I’ll pin you to my fiction board and to Blogs and Bloggers (Pinterest is the only “social” I can tolerate these days).
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
    -ADD Coach Training Field founder/ADD Coaching co-founder-
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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  11. Writing can be sorting out plotlines in your head, shuffling papers around as you figure out structure, editing, taking a long walk to figure out another plot twist, planning the next book in your head while simultaneously managing the household…
    There is so much more to it than just words, for me ๐Ÿ™‚

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