I've heard the above phrase several times. Not specifically directed at me, but as a general message to unpublished writers. And it's true. As unpublished writers, no one really cares that much about where we are in the process. Sure, friends and family may show interest, but at the end of the day, the only ones who it really matters to is ourselves.
But still-- and I'm no different-- unpublished writers post their word counts on line all the time. Why do we do this? I think it's exactly because no one cares. No one is holding us to a deadline. No one is waiting for that finished draft. So we post our word counts to give ourselves some level of accountability. So on some public level, hopefully, someone will be paying attention, or at least COULD pay attention, and say, "Hey, are you going to finish that?"
So, for those reading this: Maradaine Constabluraly is currently at 50,000 words. I intend to reach my rough-draft goal of 70-75K by February 19th.