Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Padding Up Your Word Count (a cheaters way to get through 50,000 words)

I'm looking for word counts now ladies and gents! Panic has set in. Here's a few tricks of the trade that Chris Baty has suggested when you're under the weight of a bad word count.
  • Get your character to have a stutter, every stutter adds word countage.
  • One of your characters develops temporary deafness so your other characters have to repeat everything they say.
  • Dream sequences work well for padding up your count.
  • Citations - bring in someone else's book/poem/newspaper article that your hero has to read out.
  • Make your characters names very very long. Sir Richard of The One Handed Sword Brigade, Knight of the Realm... hey this is getting good.
  • De-hyphenate your words. Every hyphened word is two words drawn together. Get rid of your hyphens and you can almost double your word count. Hooray
Oh there are soo many more tricks to use to improve your word count. Or you could actually sit down and write your story instead of looking for a cheaters way out.
Thinking of this I have been doing a little research. Here's someone who you'd never want to cheat on. Just think of him when you're tempted with de-hyphenation or dream sequences.

10 comments:

dianecurran said...

I'll be definitely thinking of him for a dream sequence.

Sandie Hudson said...

Okay going to check out my hyphenated words. LOL, sounds good to me.

Nicky said...

Okay, I'm going to be smited down from a very great height for this....er, who is? *runs & ducks for cover*

Anita Joy said...

Nat, not sure that even these can save my word count! Great tips *wink*

S'ok Nicky, am ducking with you. I don't know who either.

dianecurran said...

Richard Armitage

Natalie Hatch said...

Richard Armitage from North and South, and he's also in the current season of Spooks, and he plays Guy of Gisbourne in BBCs Robin Hood series. Wrowl. He's dark and brooding and he can be in any of my dream sequences. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tj5ynGKRlfA
just so you feel a little bit better.

dianecurran said...

Now I live in a vicarage. Honest to God.
Why doesn't Richard come and knock on my door?

Natalie Hatch said...

he's much too dreamy to be British. Did you like the youtube vid Di? gets my heart racing everytime.

dianecurran said...

I'm resisting youtube. Last time you led me over there, I didn't escape for hours. Plus have probably already watched it as Tracey lured me over there a week or so ago.

Monique Wood said...

I love the idea of cheating with the word count. I was thinking of copying and pasting all my blog posts from this month into a doc and using that to prop up my word count. Can't forget emails. Or comments on other people's blog posts! He he he.