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It will work, but it gets messy quickly. You can much more efficiently use a variable in memory (which is very fast) rather than writing to a disk (which is very slow). Whilst this difference in speed is negligible when you're only doing this once or twice, as soon as you start doing this thousands of times, this process really bogs everything down. Writing to a file also means you have to clean up after yourself, which can be a bit of a headache.
Variables were invented to avoid having to write to disk
Setting a variable does not emit any output, and "echo" doesn't need any input to get $var's value. Also, you aren't piping anything into wc. And lastly, commands separated by pipes are executed at the same time, not in sequence.