I pitched this article as "10 Ways" but then got too wordy and ended up with only 8 to get the word count right.
It's good to stick to word counts if you want to keep editors happy. As a magazine editor, I had freelancers submit material that was a good 50 percent above the word count. One told me, "This is longer than what you asked for but I assume it's easier for you to cut copy than have to add it.
No-o-o-o-o . . .
It's easier for me if you give me what I asked for.
Just keep writing.