According to a study, the amount of words we speak each day is about 16,000, depending on age, social structure, etc. I wonder how they determine these statistics. Do people actually monitor the number of words they say like they tally up the steps they take? Is there an app for that?
I would imagine that the words I speak are far less. If I count the things I say to myself, maybe it would make sense. The art of communication has put us all in a different category today. We no longer rely on face to face encounters – we text or email. A person could probably whittle their vocal verbiage down to five if necessary – those five being, “Where is the rest room?”
Thinking as a writer, I have set a goal to put so many words on paper each day. A novel should consist of at least 60,000 words. If I can speak 16,000 words a day, I should be able to write at least 10,000. The problem arises when you have to think before you write. Your words need to have purpose. They need to draw your reader in. They must inspire, hold attention and excite the imagination. A tall order for so many words.
When we say those words, do we really stop to analyze them before we speak? We’d probably cut the word count in half if we did. Add to that the fact that you don’t go out much, you’re realm of conversation includes little toddlers, you’re an aging female with no social life or you’re a hermit can cut that number in half again.
So now as I proceed to write 20,000 more words to complete my story, I’m thinking of flowery phrases, lots of adjectives, many, many useless words and how the heck I’m ever going to get this thing done.
The idea of writing a book is overwhelming and I’m only in the beginning stages. Once complete, I will have to go back and edit, check for contradictions or mixed up relationships. I will have to go through it four or five times – make changes – refine – jazz it up and do it again four or five times more.
Once that’s done, I’ll need to find someone willing to publish my work. This is where my fear of rejection steps in. Self-publishing is not an option for someone without capital. As you see in the cartoon above, Peppermint Patty has it right. Most people write so they can make money – not to spend more.
As with all the arts, when you figure every minute invested in the process, even if your book is a best seller, you probably will net out at 10 cents an hour. Why am I doing this? Because I love it and I’m stacking up numbers for my word app.