But, now that I'm writing more, I kind of understand. Some days (the hard days) every word added is like a victory. I stare at the word count, urging it to rise. Every time I write a sentence, I look to see how many words I added.
Now, I know this probably isn't the best mindset. It isn't the number of words added, but the quality. Right! Right? Also, obsessing over word count isn't the most effective way to get lost in your story or make it exciting for the reader. If you're watching the clock, won't the reader do the same?
So, then I have to ask myself if it is a flaw within my story that is making it difficult to immerse myself in the process of writing it, or if I just happen to have an obsessive, frantic brain. Different days bring different answers.
What about you? Do you find your eyes slipping down to word count too often? Does it pull you out of the story? Or, can you use it as a nonemotional check in?