As a writer I have a love/hate relationship with writing statistics. On the one hand I’m always curious to see how much I have written at the end of the day and I understand that for certain writing jobs you have a target. You need to write a certain amount of words to get a decent paycheck.
That’s not lost on me, but on the other hand, as a true believer in distraction-free writing, I do not believe that writing should be about word count. Writing should be about the quality of your writing, not about the amount of words you produce.
There are a lot of writers that believe in the credo that writing is about deleting as much as you can, so that you end up with the essence of what you have written. The shorter you can say something meaningful, the better it is. Short is good, long and bloated is bad. If you believe that, writing statistics should be considered a distraction and a waist of time.
With this discussion in mind I decided to add writing statistics to Eboocz in the Context Column. For those true believers in distraction-free writing my advice would be, don’t look. I stopped short though of adding writing goals to Eboocz. I understand some of you need the statistics, but I also believe that adding goals was one step too far. Deep down I believe that writing goals are a superfluous luxury. If you decide you want to write an 80.000 word novel, you can see in a blink of an eye in the writing statistics column how far you’ve come. Do you really need a goal indicator to remind you of your goal? Do you need a reminder showing you still need to type 23.745 words? Really? I don’t think you do. Or are there writers that need such goal indicators to remind them to stop writing? Who get caught up in their writing so much they need an alarm clock to break it to them that they’ve reached their goal? That might be a good reason to add such a goal indicator, but I doubt there are many writers that suffer from this problem.
So, for now Eboocz will stick with simple writing statistics. You can see how many words you’ve written, per section, for the whole book and Eboocz also shows you how many sentences you’ve written, how many paragraphs, how many images and headings you’ve added and how many chapters there are. If there are other features you want as a user, or if you have a really good reason why you really, really can’t live without a goal indicator, please let me know. I’ll consider it, but you better have an excellent argument, because I can get quite stubborn on this subject.