Mary 3/7/2015 – A Number Addict

10917040_10203893620525821_3921988521330783026_n“A Number Addict”

March 7, 2015

Dear Reader,

When I write, I have this quirk where I add the total word count to single digits, whether it’s a short story or vignettes. My favorite numbers have to add up one of several numbers: three, four, five, twelve, eighteen, or rounded out to an even number. Writing longer pieces, the numbers would go up and then I’ll find myself adding just one more word or deleting a word to keep it to a number I like.

I wonder what other people do when they write, what oddity you display when you’re writing your draft.

I’ve always been curious about numbers, but by no means am I a master at math like my son. I love watching the word count grow and grow when I write. It’s thrilling to write so many words. I can’t tell where this comes from, maybe it’s from watching my dad adding numbers when he would sit at the table after work doodling out numbers on a piece of paper for fun.

The numbers of letters in my children’s names each add up to 19 letters. Mine is 17. I once picked up a book detailing numbers and what they meant. I found the number 19 meant fame and fortune, 17 meant peacemaker. I was intrigued when I realized I had named my children with exactly 19 letters in their names. I often think of numbers like that since I’ve read that book. I may take a drive back to the library and see if that book is still there; I would love to read it more throughly.

I can’t stop myself from counting words when I write. I just have to let the story end when it ends, regardless of the number.

That’s my confession of what I do when I write my stories. What’s yours?

Keep writing and don’t let the numbers get in the way of a great story; that is, don’t shorten the story before it’s done.

Stop quirking around with numbers.


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1 Response to Mary 3/7/2015 – A Number Addict

  1. Anna Dobritt says:

    Great letter, Mary. As far as I know, I don’t have any quirks when it comes to writinng. Hmm. Maybe I do and don’t realize it. 😀


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