Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Counting Words

I like WordPerfect. I like the way it counts my words. You can start at the bottom, then right click to select the stuff you've written so far, a bar rises in the far right column, like an elevator in the World Trade Center. Seemingly slow, but rising up a great distance, past hundreds and hundreds of paragraphs like floors in a tower zipping past. Until it stops at the top and the title: How to Fall Out of Love. Then you go to file/properties/information. Where all your words are added up. 69,287 words so far as counted this morning before I lay down some fresh ones today. Writing a novel is like laying down 90,000 bricks. 20,713 words, or bricks, to go before you get to the editing and re-writing. Trying to make those bricks fly.

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