Academic writing: word counts 

My relationship to "word count" has shifted over time

Before: start writing a day or two before a deadline (or a few hours...) stop writing when I reach the expected word count, slap on a title, intro, and conclusion that seem to match, done

Now: write everything I need to say, see I've doubled the expected word count, spend days revising/cutting/crafting and worrying about the removal of so much context and qualifiers

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Academic writing: word counts 

Sounds familiar. I'd like to think the end result shows which method was used, and generally in favour of method 2.

Academic writing: word counts 

@mmin For sure. Much of this is shaped by the expected audience: when the audience is "just a prof" with the goal of "complete an assignment" and the final destination of your work is a recycling bin, method #1 is understandable.

But when you're hoping to share your work with experts (peers? whoa) and trying to meet the constraints of the journal/conference/grant, wow, does that ever shift your focus.

Or at least it does for me.

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