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Don’t Freak Out! How to Remain Calm in the Face of Word Count Requirements

Tackle your word count blues with these useful tips.

Two Drops of Ink: A Literary Blog

By: Lisa Edwards

1-12-2014 9-29-03 PM

Do word count requirements stress you out? I don’t know about you, but when I sit down to write something, I don’t like to think about how long it has to be, or in some cases, how short it needs to be. I prefer to write my first draft without thinking about word count at all. But it doesn’t always work that way. Sometimes (okay, most of the time), writers have to play by the rules.

And that means you can’t go over the word count limit, or under the minimum.

I’ve learned through experience that if I don’t spend some time preparing and outlining my piece before I begin, I’ll have to do that much more editing after the fact to meet the word count requirements. Personally, I’d rather spend more time writing, but planning how to get your message across within the given word…

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